Emirates boss being very cagey about January plans.
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Arsene Wenger has confirmed title-contenders Arsenal will not be shopping for big-name players in next month’s transfer window, despite the club’s £56million profit this year.
Wenger’s stance in resisting pressure to spend heavily will astonish trophy-starved Arsenal fans.
Asked in a TV interview with Al Jazeera why he no longer signed ‘big players’, he replied: ‘Because we respect our budget. You look at the clubs who lose £100m or £150m and if we do that then we go bust. We pay what we can afford.
‘I’m amazed that people are amazed that we do that. I think what is surprising is that people don’t respect that.
‘If I tell you we can win two more points but we lose £150m, what will you say? Win two more points. But I ask a second question: where do we get the £150m in? Maybe you don’t have the same answer.’ (Daily Mail)
You can kind of see where Arsene Wenger is coming from but perhaps he is going to far down both extremes. You see I am sure that most Arsenal fans do not want the north London club to break the bank or to spend to the ridiculous levels that the likes of Manchester City are doing, fair play to them as clearly money is not an issue at Eastlands, but they would like to see the Gunners invest in some established names.
It is true that Wenger has brought in some big names over the past few years with the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Samir Nasri being great bits of business, but in the main the Emirates boss has decided to spend less on the household names and instead has been very clever in bringing in lesser known youngsters that he then tries to mould or instead opts for players who he feels he can bring on another stage such as the likes of Thomas Vermaelen.
Arsenal have of course not won a major trophy in five seasons and clearly there is a certain amount of impatience that will be created by such a barren spell and therefore it seems only fair that the supporters are going to want to see success now and not another season or two of constant transition.
Presumably the club has such a healthy balance sheet in part due to the clever financial dealings of the boss who has been clever to not spend huge sums in the past but the obvious question is this. What was the profit accrued for? Surely it was built up so that it can be used again, and by used up clearly I mean spent on improving the squad, if not the fans will rightly say “where is the money going?”.
Wenger is clearly one of the best manager’s in the business and he knows what is best for Arsenal Football Club and he must realise that another season without anything to show for it may well begin to put strain on his position at the club. Past glories will only go so far. That being said I would expect that Arsene will bring in a name or two, either in January if he feels it necessary or in the summer if his side has not picked up either Premier League or Champions League glory.
What would Arsenal fans like to see the club’s mercurial boss do with the cash he has at his disposal?
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