This source suggests that Arsene wants this mercurial playmaker and now he just needs the backing of his board!
The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on a collision course with his higher-ups over the modest transfer budget he has been given this winter.
The Frenchman is eager to sign Andrei Arshavin, but Zenit St Petersburg are demanding in excess of €20 million for their star forward – a figure the Gunners have thus far been unable to match.
The North London club have always maintained that they will back Wenger to the hilt in the transfer market, although that claim has rarely been tested due to the gaffer’s low-budget, youth-oriented approach.
But now that the ex-Monaco boss has set his sights on a big-money target, the Emirates board are unwilling to free up the funds required to seal the deal.
This is is not the first report of friction between Wenger and his bosses to emerge this season. Indeed, it is has been whispered that the 59-year-old could break his contract with Arsenal to join Real Madrid next summer.
That remains the remotest of remote possibilities, but if the Gunners fail to secure Champions League qualification this term – they currently sit fifth in the Premier League table – their long-serving manager could consider his options. (goal.com)
Many recent reports seem to suggest that Wenger’s future at the club could hinge on just how much cash his board are willing to stump up for the clubs excellent manager. Clearly Arsene has proven himself during his time at the club now he appears to want a big cash injection to get the club back in the title chase and in order to do so clearly they need to spend in something like the same league as the other top four regulars. Arshavin will leave Zenit that’s almost a certainty and if the Gunners can get the cash I believe the Russian would be up for the move, so now the ball is firmly in the boardroom, so what happens next? Do Emirates supporters think the club will come up with the cash for a big move this January?
Brand New Feature. (1-10 scale, One = Pure make believe, Ten = is a transfer all but complete) Mr Comfort’s Likely-ometer: 6/10
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