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Fab: Nah not at all. THere is no need to bring in players who demand 200kpw+ Those type of earnings are reserved for the best of the best with some few laughable exceptions (Yaya, and Rooney now, not so much when he got his contract though)
I believe its perfectly possible to create a team out of players who earn respectable wages (in context) We show that it is possible to compete without getting silly although we also show that if we pushed the boat out once in a while we could bring in the quality we so obviously need.
I doubt Mata earns more than 150kpw. He has been an amazing signing and I am gutted we didnt try harder for him but that only comes with hindsight. Before his arrival in England he showed alot of promise but no one knew if he would adapt to the EPL. So it was a gamble that Wenger didnt bother with. He is proof that sometimes it is worth taking that gamble.
Vertonghen is another example. I think he is on about 90kpw. We could have really used him. Yet 90kpw is well within our wage structure yet strangely is seems Wenger thiks thats too expensive for a defender!? Now proven to be definitely a worth while investment/gamble.
Coming into this summer mentions of Jovetic or Higuain. Jovetic and Higuain are gambles to a certain extent, however their stats suggest it would not be a big gamble to take to guarantee their signatures. Will we break the wage structure to get either of those players though? I have a horrible feeling we wont yet we could easily afford to if we got rid of our deadwood.
We have about 8 players who do not have any future at Arsenal and who offer us little other than experience. Get rid of 2 or 3 average and bring in 1 quality. Easily achievable when considering the wages our squad players are on. If we got rid of Bendtner and Chamakh we could offer Higuain wages of 120/30kpw and still have money left over from Bendt and Cham's wages. When you look at it like that, its hardly a gamble at all. Infact saving money too which we all know Arsenal like doing.
I just read an article that said Spurs were going to offer Bale £170/pw and if I were them I would sign him to that no problem if they can afford it. I would be happy to pay Higuan £150/pw. Perhaps we should try to incorporate, if this is not done already, performance related comp. ie Higuan starts with a bad of £120 but he can earn up to 150% that much if he scores a number of goals or has a certain goal to game ration and perhaps this should also include goals made for others and the number of appearances he makes should perhpas also figure in. All these measure should be scalable so that £120 can go to £130 but also to £175.
Flip side as well, you don't make it into the team for a certain % of games or minutes, your base drops. This would majk it easier to get rid or carry the deadwood like Chamakh or Arshavin.