A close look at the performance, targets, finances and strategy of the Emirates Stadium club.
Article originally published on fanatix
After a poor start, Arsenal have managed to pull themselves back up to sixth in the Premier League table. A good run of form was blighted by the stale performance at Southampton and the Gunners will be looking to get back to winning ways if they are to secure a Champions League spot, amid competition from Chelsea, Spurs, Everton and West Brom.
Talk of sacking Wenger is premature but performances, as well as results, will have to improve if the Arsenal faithful is going to be kept happy.
After years of restraint – while the loans on the Emirates Stadium were paid off – Arsenal now have money spend and the fans won’t continue to tolerate the club’s failure to compete with the big boys in the transfer market. While no-one is expecting Arsene Wenger to spend toe-to-toe with the likes of Man City and Chelsea, it’s not clear why the new stadium was built if the revenue it brings doesn’t allow the club to compete with the likes of the Glazer-shackled Man United and North London rivals Tottenham.
The board have said money is available this January but it remains to be seen whether Wenger is willing to spend it. The Arsenal manager sees no value in a transfer market heavily inflated by the likes of free spending Man City, but if Arsenal are to be restored to their former glory, finished articles rather than youngsters with potential are needed.
And they require cash.