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In my opinion the only super super star we have in our Team is not Henry or any other player but Wenger. He makes stars from nothing and makes stars become super stars. Besides he is the complete manager technically, strategically and in ECONOMICS. A lot of football stars are more than overpaid: Wenger makes sure Arsenal always gets a good bargain. That is why we are one of the most financially disciplined top clubs in Europe and our future prospects are brighter than Chelsea (they posts only losses and imagine if Ibramovich drops dead), Man U (Crazy debts in their books) and Liverpool (limited prospects for enlarged income streams)
BUT, his stinginess gives me the creeps at times, as now. He has a healthy transfer kitty but feels pained to spend. He has again started with his "one or two players...no more will come in" and "...we can cope with our current squad...". I heard that last season, only Adebayor came in, in January, when we were fighting for a place in Europe. WHEN will they come in???
With our current squad we are much too fragile and we will be competing for trophies on four fronts. We have lost our physical side, evident with the combination of Sol, Viera, Edu, Gilberto etc (all over 6-1ft and the CORE experienced squad is much too small. The likes of Bolton, Blackburn, Everton mid-table teams would fancy their chances against us. A season is not just a game against Zagreb, it stretches over about 9 months.
God forbid that we end up being embarrassed by Man U, Chelsea and Liverpool or even fighting for UEFA Cup places this season.
There's another factor behind Wenger's transfer policy. The small print of the refinancing bond the club negotiated last month apparently had very strict guidelines on transfer spending. According to a Telegraph article (13/7/06, no longer on-line I'm afraid) Arsenal are bound to a maximum net spend of £12m for the next 3 seasons (dropping to £5m for 2 years after that if thay become a mid-table club). Given they've already bought Adebuyor(£5m), Walcott(£10m), Diaby(£3m) and Rosicky(£7m) since Xmas and only received money only for Owusu, Bentley and Pennant(resale), I make it a net spend of around £14m this year. Even if you just count the spending since May he would still only have £5-6m net available for the rest of the season. The logic of this is that Wenger can only buy the likes of Ribery or Yaya Toure if he sells. This explains the apparent willingness to countenance selling Cole and/or Reyes. If Wenger had more funds available he would fight tooth and nail to keep both.
The truth is for the next 5-6 seasons at least Arsenal will not be the big-spending club that many fans expect them to be. It is very frustrating to see the likes of Spurs and Liverpool spending twice what we do but the danger of doing a Leeds is a danger with club debt so large. We're really very lucky to have a manager with Wenger's ability to work on a budget.
- 1 Reply to Anthony
Thanks for that!
people need to understand how these things work. These guys are working for the future of the football club. They had to build that stadium to start competing with thebiggest teamsin Europe. Arsenal are indeed very lucky to have a 'complete manager'- one who doesn't just manage the team but looks after club finances as well. Otherwise Asenal would have remained a relatively small club.. or do a Leeds.
We are indeed lucky to have AW
I understnad your thinking, but I think we will qualify aigain for CL after this season by finishing top 4.
But remember our priority is to win the EPL and the CL. Wenger does not share that goal with us. He does not care whether we finish 1st in the EPL or not. His economics degree tells him he makes more money year-over-year if he finishes in the top 3 in the EPL and makes it to the second stage of the CL.
This way he saves the extra 25-50 mil needed to become a (maybe) EPL winner.
- 1 Reply to Govinda
Given his success - all but last in the top 2 in the EPL - I don't understand why we question the wisdom of AW. I would love to see a strong center half and another holding midfielder. We complain so much about the lack of activity but he has been more active during the Jan transfer window (don't forget Diaby, Adebeyour, Ebouye, etc) than most of his counterparts. I am nervous, too, but prepared to say "in the professor we trust."
You have some very valid points, however you have to stand by a proven and tested Manager like AW.
He is the best out there at the moment and Lets see what happens... I think there are going to be a few people surprised by how well we do this season and especially if we do it without any one else coming in...
You see if for instance Ribery comes in, it may only be if Reyes Goes out and so on and so forth!