Emirates Stadium side ready to splash the cash?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been given “considerable resources” to spend in the January transfer window, Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have been told.
The AST met the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday evening to discuss Arsenal’s poor season.
“There is plenty of money there,” said Trust spokesman Tim Payton. “That was the message that Ivan and his finance director were giving this evening.”
Arsenal supporters wanted answers as to why Wenger had been reluctant to spend money on new players and 100 fans met with Gazidis to voice their concerns.
“He stayed for over two hours,” said Payton. “He apologised for the result [at Bradford] and said it was not good enough and had to be better.
“I specifically raised this with the finance director and his colleague and they were in no doubt there is considerable resources available to the manager ready to spend when he has identified the players he wants to sign.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Arsenal fans have been told this for some weeks. Indeed Arsenal were told that money was available in the summer and whilst the North London club spent near on £40m to bring in three quality players in the form of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. However once again the club made more sums from player sales than was used to bring in new additions as the likes of Robin Van Persie, Carlos Vela and Alex Song were sold.
Perhaps there is a bigger issue here. The eleven that Arsenal do send out onto the field of play, as limited as it may be in some areas, is good enough to win more matches than they are currently managing. The trip to Bradford City being a rather harsh case in point.
So the issues at Arsenal may well extend beyond the amount of money invested in the squad and indeed the high-level exits that have become all to inevitable.
Arsene Wenger may well have lost the dressing room. Clearly the French manager is revered by many but after seven years of relative failure it could be that he is finding harder to get the most out of his charges and as such it may be time for the North London side to consider a freshening up of management at the Emirates Stadium.
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