Arsene WENGER is currently sitting on a very substantial transfer kitty rumoured to be in the region of £80 million.
The Frenchman refused to spend any of this money despite his obvious needs in certain areas (centre-backs) because he is determined to prove the rest of the world wrong.
When Arsenal left their beloved Highbury with its limited capacity, for the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium this was the move that was bankrolled to allow the ‘Gunners’ to compete in the transfer market with the likes of Man United and Chelsea but that just hasn’t happened.
In September, 2010 Arsenal posted a record pre-tax profit of £60 million and the way looked to be clear for manager, Arsene Wenger to add the final jigsaw pieces to his already talented squad.
In fairness to Arsenal they have made it clear that they prefer to either develop their own players or buy young players cheaply on the European market and develop them.
Everyone loves to watch Arsenal play but it’s been obvious to all for some time they desperately need at least one commanding centre-back and a holding midfielder player who would play in front of the back four and protect them.
With the addition of these players most fans believe the ‘Gunners’ would mount a serious challenge for all major trophies. In the five years before they left Highbury they spent exactly the same money as they have spent in their five years at the Emirates. I fully support Wenger’s efforts to “grow your own” but when that doesn’t happen then, like it or lump it, in the modern game it’s time to splash the cash.
Never mind the “big boys”, in the last five years Arsenal have been out-spent by the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham and Sunderland. I’m sure Wenger thought he was odds-on to break his trophy drought in the recent Carling Cup Final against Birmingham but here once again his team were out-muscled and indeed out-played.
Arsene Wenger desperately wants to win a major trophy without bending to the critics’ wishes that he buy a different type of player to compliment the already silky skills of his stars.
By putting this in front of what his club actually needs, he may be denying them the chance to put their name on a major trophy!
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