From a commentator in the Guardian responding to Arsene Wenger's team selection for the Bayern CL second leg which includes a lot of second stringers with his focus on Swansea, a crucial weekend encounter in the race for the fourth and final league spot.
Question: Why are we resting players?
Answer: Because being fouth is more important.
Question: Why is being fourth important?
Answer: To be in the CL, the most prestigious and exciting of all comps, so as to rest players, so as to be in the CL...
This is called a vicious circle. Arsenal are now in this feedback loop as they fail to determine cause and effect. The manager earning £7.5m sees no problem, the board watching their share prices escalate see no problems, the players earning £60,000/week to sit on their haunches see no problems, but the fans who see problems get their ticket prices raised and are derided as unpatriotic.
You know what will break this cycle. If we fail to qualify for fourth, forcing us into actual re-building rather than the duct tape applications we've been fooling ourselves with these past seasons. We must also get out of the post Wenger apocalyptic scenarios which are the direct result of his infantilization of the club as everyone who is anyone defers to him for everything and anything Arsenal.
Peter Hill -Wood, the last time we heard from him: " We have run the club sensibly, and we haven't done badly; it's not as if we have been relegated."
We are earning a healthy profit, the stadium debt is down substantially, now is the time to turn our attention to performances on the pitch. The bottomline is if someone like Brian McDermott in his first PL season can go after losing four in a row on a shoestring budget, then Wenger is also expendable because of the historic lows he's achieved in his last two seasons with a transfer budget and wages that dwarf Reading.