Should Arsenal change the way they promote and sell certain products?
If I take a look in my memorabilia box I will come across so many things from over the years that I have been lucky enough to get and I have kept, some even in their original state.
Items such as scarves, hats, Arsenal membership packs and shirts to name a few. But along with that comes things that have ex-Arsenal players on. And although it is nice to look back and remember, when it comes to Arsenal annual calendars, should they stop being produced or the way they are produced changed?
Every time the calendars are put together and put on the shelves, it is with current players in the squad however when we get to the end of the year, how many of those players on the calendar are actually still at the club?
Why am I saying this you will ask, well as a buyer of Arsenal calendars over the years I have become increasingly frustrated at the fact that we cannot go through one season and not have every single player that may have a place in the calendar at the time of production, remain at the club for that year.
Look at this seasons calendar for example, the players we had at the time were Alex Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and throughout the season these two players are now no longer at the club. Laca recently left us on a free and we all know what happened with Auba.
There are also players that look to be on the way out in the shapes of Bernd Leno and possibly Nicolas Pepe.
When it comes to the calendar, Laca is in February, Auba in June, Leno in January and Pepe in November and I know two of the months have passed but I feel as though it is a waste for fans to even take a look back at the calendar knowing players have left. And for value of money all you pay for is the name and the player not anything else. And I know people will say don’t buy it but we all know what calendars are used for and it is not just to stare at the pictures.
Although most of the players for now are still present at the club, we still have to come to terms with the fact that some players are not at the club anymore
As nice as it is to look back on the calendars and see the players who we have had at the club, surely the calendars would be more informative to the fans if it had pieces of our history, ex-players such as legends, alongside memories and achievements throughout the years to look back on.
Maybe a calendar that would inform the young fans and just fans in general of important dates and moments that have occurred in and around our club with people that have graced our club from years gone by and their importance in making the club what it is, rather than just current players.
After all Arsenal is a big club and is all about history and the older generation well some of them, do complain that the younger generation is only focused on the here, now and the present and know nothing about the history so it would be good to have something that generations of all ages and genders can look at and take in.
And if this does ever happen it would be something to look at over the years and if it helps people learn from it then it would help even the younger generation and the older generation to remember and to realise what Arsenal were and how much Arsenal have gone through to get to where they are today.
Now I know some people will moan and say “but your saying you don’t want current players on there because there’s no guarantee they will stay for the whole season the calendar is in production yet you want ex-players on who have left” and yes that is true but I want history, key dates, achievements, ex legends, those that were and are proud to have worn the Arsenal shirt over the years.
Not those that have come in, earned a wage acted like Arsenal meant something to them yet stabbed them in the back when they left or left because things turned sour or for better/more money!
Like the history books are produced and videos and films are made of our seasons gone by, all of this should be put into a calendar each season.
Something that fans will want to buy not knowing what they will get each season. Unlike the players who are easy to guess.
Like articles are produced, Arsenal should think about creating calendars with our history, legendary players and iconic and historical moments from 1886 until now and with each season that passes to add more as it happens.
Very few players are loyal to clubs, but history is something that can never and will never be erased and maybe we should be using our amazing history to teach all Arsenal fans about where the club came from and where it all began to where it is now!
Just a thought!