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What Will Arsenal Do With the £39m from Manchester City?

Manchester City are spending their way into the Premier League top four. Paradoxically, the club most amenable to their ambition is Arsenal, whom they wish to supplant. The Gunners sold City striker Emmanuel Adebayor for £25m. Less than two weeks later, they are prepared to sell them defender Kolo Toure for another £14m, as the 28-year-old Ivorian has been turned by the £100,000 per week wage offer.

If Toure’s deal goes through, Arsenal will receive £39m from Manchester City. If Fiorentina buy Emmanuel Eboue for the rumored £8.5m that would be £47.5m in sales. Their only buy thus far has been £10m defender Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax. Arsenal would, theoretically, make a £37.5m profit over the summer, enough to buy one spectacular player or two borderline great ones. Despite the influx in cash, however, Arsene Wenger has already issued his tired refrain about being satisfied with the squad and not needing to spend.

The situation is curious. It indicates serious financial trouble, or serious delusion.

Arsenal have their zealots, pointing out that Arsenal already have their summer signings, Eduardo and Tomas Rosicky returning from injury. They also have the young players stepping forward. This justification sounds familiar, because it was the same exact justification given last summer, when Hleb, Flamini and Gilberto left. It also resonates with excuses made in the two trophy-less seasons previously.

Injuries are another common claim. Arsenal had serious ones last year, most crucially Cesc Fabregas’ knee. Had players not been injured, the season could have gone differently. True, but what squad has no injuries? Certainly not Arsenal in the past few seasons. Clubs that win have squads that withstand injuries.

Chelsea have stayed pat. Manchester United lost Cristiano Ronaldo. Liverpool may lose Alonso, Mascherano or both. Arsenal, with wise investment, could propel themselves to title contention next season. Instead, they jettison more players from an already perilously thin squad, content to be relevant rather than dominant, proud to be a few points off the pace.

Arsenal are receiving £39m from Manchester City, but, if the club does not reinvest at least some of the money, they could lose nearly that much by not qualifying for the Champions League.

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72 Comments

72 Comments

  1. Randy

    August 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Wenger why you always bring the acadamy player’s why well you must buy player when aluminia is ill you go and buy this gold keeper fanbriaski he is not a good gold keeper…

  2. goonerboy

    July 31, 2009 at 2:15 am

    It is well known that Wenger is a winner who disliked defeat. He and Dein were reportedly close friend and they shared the same vision on running Arsenal, resulted in winning trophies year after year.
    All in a sudden, Dein was booted out from the board, probably because he had an idea which the other board members disliked. Coincidentally, Arsenal failed to win any trophy since then. Should this be Barcelona or Real, which have long history of being winning teams, the current board members, whose vision have already changed from winning trophy to generating profits, will surely be booted out.
    As an ordinary Arsenal fans, who always have a strong belief that the team can win trophy has gradually accepted that, as Dudu recently said, it is very very difficult to win the league title and it will be great a great success to win the 4th spot again.

  3. T-Bull

    July 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I heard it cost Wenger alot of money to have his Arse-Shavin.

  4. Cam

    July 30, 2009 at 5:10 am

    i totally agree with you Don! How long have you watched the Premier League for Buck? I live in Australia and support Man United…have been a supporter since I was 5 and would NEVER EVER say I’d support another team because my manager isn’t going to sign someone. You sound like a stubborn little kid that isn’t getting his way and throwing a tanty…Look at it this way, your manager got rid of players who wouldn’t give their all for the cause and were only in it for the cash! Who wants players like that???

  5. NSBG

    July 30, 2009 at 5:08 am

    IF REALLY THIS GUY IS NOT BAD HE WILL BE SACKED AT THE END OF THE SEASON DEPENDING ON THE RESULTS.
    HE GAVE YOU TITLES, REGULAR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL, ALWAYS AT THE TOP LEVEL CLUB AND WHENEVER THE TEAM IS NOT HIGHER YOU BLAME HIM FOR THE IS TRYING TO SAVE US FROM GETTING INTO DEEP FINANCIAL AND SPORTING TROUBLE!
    YOU’VE GOT NO BRAIN! WE DO NOT HAVE BILLIONAIRE TO BACK US, JUST FORGET ABOUT BIG SPENDING UTD, CHELSEA AND LIVERPOOL!
    IF THOSE CLUBS ARE RELIANT TO SPEND BIG THIS SUMMER EVEN THOUGH OF THEIR BILLIONAIRE’S , WHY SHOULD A CLUB LIKE ARSENAL SPEND BIG! USE YOUR MIND DUDES!!!!!!!

  6. Robbie

    July 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Looks like the Arsenal are “cooked’ for another season. Wenger will be the prime cause for his “youth policy” downfall and dillusions. Also the continued void that is every present in the Arsenal trophy (picture included) cabinet (http://www.distinction.net.nz/Cache/Pictures/149756/3_Trophy_cabinet_2.JPG)
    will continue to collect dust. If I was an Arsenal fan my sign at the Emirates thise season would read “In Wenger We Dont Trust”. I think his best mangerial days are behind him and this isn’t the start of the new young gunner revolution. If you want that then go get Fifa or Pro Evolution Soccer and play out your fantasies of winning any title their.

    Cheers,
    Robbie

  7. Dennis

    July 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Arsene ex great manager now so arragont thinks he can do it without spending. Wants to say I did it all on my own , built a team without help. Forget it Arsene SPEND.

  8. don

    July 29, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Buck #56…..please, be my guest.

    Go right ahead and support another team. In my opinion, you have already made yourself unwelcome as an Arsenal fan.

  9. Are We Diagonal Passed Out?

    July 29, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Arsenal is a club that does not sing the other clubs’ tunes, for better or worse. Certainly some of it is for the better, but whether the Gunners can be competitive at the top is an open question again.

    Great young talent has been coming out of the club and that, as much as anything, has been the Gunners’ backbone of late. It needs to continue and perhaps accelerate with more very good young prospects coming in and even more great young players coming out.

    None of this works too long, however, if they do not bring home trophies for too many years. The great young players will simply leave when they made an impression on the world.

    Wenger needs to make sure he has enough of the right talent on his first team roster and back-up players of near equal talent behind them. He may not need a big name signing to get the job done, but a weak or shallow squad will never do.

    They need to challenge for top honors in the Premier League this year and challenge for the Champions League. Arsenal’s credibility as a champion level squad is slipping away, despite the great players they develop.

    I have doubt that Manchester City can make the top 4 this year, but there is Villa as well, and other ambitious clubs, and a weak Arsenal will not make the grade

  10. GarethChelsea

    July 29, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Arsenal need to get rid of Bentner he’s s**t, fair enough he’s doing well pre season but look at the level of opposition. Get rid of him and get someone decent like huntelaar, also with that money you need someone experienced to sure up the midfield nasri is no way a DM and diaby is shocking there to.

  11. Jonn Sinarmas

    July 29, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Ok here is a shocking idea. Arsenal has 50M from selling Ade, Toure and Eboue. He can raise another 40M by selling Fabergas to Real and another 10M for Bentner to AC Milan. This would bring in a whopping 100M in cash which they can use to refinance their debt. They play Rosiky/Arashavin in central mid field and use Vela/Walcott along side Van Persi. They can still outplay Everton, Man City and Tottenham and win 4th place while eliminating almost 1/3rd the massive debt they have at the club. The fact is with youngsters good as Wilshire, Ramsey and others who can cover for their slightly older team mates. This would make Arsene a genius, Arsenal financially robust and make fools out of the sheiks and oligarchs who can believe they can simply buy their way to trophies.

  12. Shaji

    July 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

    We need only one defensive midfielder and one more defender.

    DM- Veloso/Steven Appiah
    D- Hangeland

    Offload – Eboue,Silvester,Senderos

  13. Buck

    July 29, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Cesc was in the games that cost us a top spot, when he was out we dint drop a game. Draw nearly all of them but didnt drop any so get your facts straight.
    In Arsene we trust? I can only trust a guy so much. Not playing Arsavin in the FA cup made no sense unless it was a condition set by Arbomavich not to play Chelsea. I do think we are good enough just not deep enough.
    If Arsene buys no more players and we are knocked out of the top 4 by city Ill be supporting a different team next year. Who ever Cesc decides to play for.

    • Martchester City

      July 29, 2009 at 6:51 am

      You all question a man who has undoubtable managerial ability. He obviously can pick talent as nearly every player he drafts in youth wise has made you money. If they don’t fit into his teams he sells at considerable profit.Toure gave you a better rate of return than anelka! Wenger would be the ideal manager for chelsea or liverpool because he makes the club money, it just so happens your board room are greedy and are sacrificing greater income opportunities that come with success. His teams play the best football! Fergie even said it 2 weeks ago “they play good football and create alot of chances, i can’t see why they won’t do well” . I agree you need a bit of bite in midfield and another defender as i feel silvestre is short of first team football and hasn’t the quality of yesteryears. I don’t understand why City who are trying to push Arsenal or liverpool out of the top four are possibly funding your transfer kitty.

  14. RaiderRich2001

    July 29, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I hear Wa Xing Ya Dong is available…

    😛

  15. Gioo

    July 29, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Veloso
    Hangeland
    Huntelaar (maybe- don’t forget Eduardo’s back and Bendtner is improving)

  16. laja

    July 29, 2009 at 3:59 am

    wenger is mad man i belive he need to check well becos i don’t think his brain are really working well imagine this stupid man keep selling our playerss fail to sign anybody to replace them

    • Buck

      July 29, 2009 at 5:47 am

      Selling them to out IMMEDIATE rival.

  17. goonergerry

    July 29, 2009 at 3:45 am

    The squad was far too weak before Wenger sold 3 good players. Cattermole should not be mentioned in the same breath as the other players- our existing players are better than him. Overall Wenger has just reduced our options (despite losing Nasri) and whilst the first team we can send out in the first game looks good on paper we should be aware that more than half of this team will be making its first competitive game after long term injury and the chances of staying injury free is highly unlikely after the first 2 or 3 games. We are going to have to compete at a high physical level to get anything from these games. We will lose key games if we have to field our secondstring midfield or if our defenders are not 100% ok.
    We must strengthen the squad now.
    Veloso is a player who we would do well to get at this point, as is Huntelaar. Hangeland seems a good player who knows the rigours of the premiership but the Colombian at Udinese is a player I would love us to sign. This is all cloud cuckoo, because Wenger is not close to getting anyone.

  18. Old Codger

    July 29, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Arsene really is crap isn’t he.

    Semi finals of European Champions league
    Semi finals of FA Cup
    4th place in EPL

    Between 30 to 50 million profit from selling players that most supporters didn’t want.

    At least 14 other clubs in the EPL would love to have had a season like that, if only once in 20 years, let alone every year !!!

    Not too bad for a crap manager !!!

    • sean

      July 29, 2009 at 5:09 am

      You really are a crap fan arent you, 30-50mil profit who gives a crap if there is no silverware to show for it, winning the champions league or premier league you get close to the same profit….mate the arsenal are better than those other 14 clubs lets not compare ourselves to those mutts.

    • Buck

      July 29, 2009 at 5:51 am

      Of course he is not Crap but….. CRAP compared to what might have been if he had signed or even kept a DM last season. Where would we be now if he had done what EVERYONE said he should do. Blind faith? Let me guess you are religious as well.

    • Cam

      July 30, 2009 at 2:35 am

      hahahaha you are blind and I am guessing you are a fan of Arsenal! Soccer is about WINNING TROPHIES not making profit….I have to question a manager that over the years has sold the likes of Henry, Vieira, Campbell, Pires, Flamini, Hleb, Adebayor, Eboue and I’m sure I have missed someone else. Its like he doesn’t like having good players in his team….my bet is that Fabregas will be the next big boy to get fed up with always being second best…wait, 4th best…

      ARSENAL FOR UEFA CUP!!!!

  19. Fabreclass

    July 29, 2009 at 3:28 am

    I think people may be surprised by a raid on mardid by arsenal-They HAVE to sell to buy any more, why just huntelaar?? They will also be keen to offload a number of players, dont be surprised if its a double swoop-with the sale of 4/5 players (adebuyor, toure, eboue, senderos) we could have our pick of diarra, drenthe, sneider, robben, de la red, huntelaar, heinze etc……….
    And a message to fans that arent happy-dont renew your season ticket-there are thousands of true fans waiting in the wings to watch our team

  20. don

    July 29, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Hengeland and Veloso would be good. I don’t think we need Huntelaar – unnecessary purchase. So we finish up with 3 new players, plus 2 who have returned from long term injury, plus a few others promoted to first team duties, plus money in the bank.

    That would be great!

  21. Cam

    July 29, 2009 at 3:16 am

    hahahahaha…….BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH Arsenal are nothing with Wenger at this very point in time! Stupidest thing I have seen on here…last thing Arsenal won was 4 years ago which was the FA Cup!
    Arsene Wengers Stats are proof that he isn’t great
    Winner
    Premier League (3): 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
    FA Cup (4): 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
    FA Community Shield (4): 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004

    Only 3 titles in 13 years as manager…Lets look at Mournho’s 3 year stint at Chelsea (manager from 04-07)
    FA Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06
    FA Cup: 2007
    Football League Cup: 2005, 2007
    FA Community Shield: 2005
    2 Titles in 3 years….and I’m not going to post Sir Alex’s because thats a bit harsh

    • fooooooolll

      July 29, 2009 at 8:47 am

      mourinho had like hundred million for transfers. a little less from mourinho but sir alex still had alot more then arsene. on the other hand arsene lost most of his best players like heanry, viera, bergkamp, pires etc etc it takes time to rebuild a winning team with absolutly no money to buy players and now the time for the winners is not that far. exciting season coming up..

      • GarethChelsea

        July 29, 2009 at 9:17 am

        He chose to sell those players its his fault for being a peeds and only plays 6 year olds. He’s lost something he used to be really good but now he cant even win a trophy, he doesn’t realise that all you need is an experienced DM which you had about 3 of and then sold them, If you had an experienced DMthen Fibreglass (fabregas) could venture forward alot more eg. like lampard with mikel/ when we had makelele.

  22. GUNNERS__Q8

    July 29, 2009 at 2:34 am

    1- ADEBAYOR £25m
    2- TOURE £16m
    3- EBOUE £8m
    4- SENDEROS £5m

    TOTAL WE HAVE £54m

    ( I`M REALLY WITH WENGER ABOUT SELLING ADEBAYOR , TOURE , EBOUE BECOUSE THEY GO TO AFRICAN CUP BETWEEN JUN AND FUBR 2010 )

    WENGER MUST BUYING :-

    1- HUNTELAR £20m
    2- HENDELAND £15m
    3- VELOSO £10m OR BRING VIEIRA FOR 1 YEAR ONLY

    REMEMBER ARSENAL WITHOUT WENGER IS NOTHING ,,

    • Buck

      July 29, 2009 at 5:54 am

      I agree, without Wenger we ARE nothing. Its the board, only Weneger is saving us from being like one of the mid table clubs that beat us last season because Wenger let players go and tried to plug the hole by playing players out of position.

  23. Renan

    July 29, 2009 at 1:50 am

    My suggestions are : Per Mertesacker / Naldo / Martin Demichelis for CB. Christian Poulsen / Lee Cattermole for CDM. Gonzalo Higuain / Klaas-Jan Huntelaar / Hugo Almeida / Mateja Kezman / Vincenzo Iaquinta for FW.

  24. YusriArsenalMalaysia

    July 29, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Calm down friend… last 2 season we sell TT to Barca… ARSENAL STILL On HIS BEST!!!
    This season we already sold ADEBAYOR to Man City…and could be TOURE will join ADEBAYOR at Man City… ARSENAL ALWAYS On His BEST!!!… DONT forget we got at tones of INTELLIGENT players such as ARSHAVIN, VAN PERSIE, EDUARDO, ROSICKY, WALCOTT, VELA, NIKKE so what is SOOOOOOooo worried? another…

    One more player always in eye on Real Madrid and Barca… Our INTELLIGENT MC player FABREGAS, AND NASRI, DIABY, SONG, DENILSON, TAOURE, there are all “MAGICIAN” on the pitch… ARSENE WENGER KNOW what his is doing… I am not worried as long Arsene Wenger know what his is doing to the squad… Every clubs have high aim same as ARSENAL… We will be a CHAMPION this SEASON… Wait and See… Time will tell.

    Arsene Wenger is more than a prof.. He thinks very wisely and practical, beyond what we thought!!!… Different than Mark Hughes LOW CLASS manager. Money is not everthing!!!

    Arsenal BOLEHHHHH!!!

    • Paul

      July 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

      Your English is absolutely painful to read.

  25. Inja Niloy

    July 29, 2009 at 1:38 am

    ok, im not too worried about the selling of adebayor but seriously if we sell kolo then it would be the one of the biggest mistakes…..last year we did the same mistake by letting flamini go and we have paid a very big price for that….im not too concerned about our strikers since we’ve got plenty of them, and i think bendthner can easily fill up that gap…but defensively we are just not simply good enough…just look at the pre season mathches….the defence looked horrible to me and now if we sell toure it would be much worse….he was really good at the end of the last season….so obviously arsene wenger needs to do some shopping if he wants to keep us in the top four.

  26. don

    July 29, 2009 at 1:31 am

    No one can question Wenger’s talent spotting abilities alongside his expert financial acumen in terms of turning that talent into profit back into the business. As I see it, that is only as good using those same profits to strengthen the team for the PL & CL challenge ahead. There is still some way to go until the transfer season closes so it’s perhaps a little too premature to start criticising yet, but I really hope Wenger is playing a bit of gamemanship by declaring his apparent non-interest in any more players, so as not to overinflate those that are curretnly available. Circa net profit of £40mill should, to my mind, be enough for us to afford Hangaland and a D. Midfielder (I’m not convinced we need another striker).

    If the money is not available, despite turning in such a profit, our financial situation worries me deeply!!

  27. goonerboy

    July 29, 2009 at 1:29 am

    The proceeds of sale of footballers will mainly be used to reimburse the players for their 10% increase of tax. All the big clubs have agreed to reimburse their players in order to keep them.

    It appears that there is only very little money fallen on managers’ hands for acquring quality players. AW knows. So does Sir Alex. Beneitz also made to know.

  28. Shelak

    July 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    1.Huntelar
    2.hangeland/upson
    3.veloso/poulsen we can only challenge for the title if we have 3 of the above options and atleast wenger u have the cash to spend on the above players and are all available and affordable so no excuses this time.

  29. aaaaa

    July 29, 2009 at 1:01 am

    anyone saying that supporters questioning wenger because of media hype are clearly insane. doesn’t the past four seasons prove anything to you? if not for the dismal performances caused by the inappropriate replacements of players sold, articles like this wouldn’t even be here.

    wenger has to get his head out of his ass and spend. and people that follow blindly whatsoever has to also start thinking about things. also statements like oh yay eduardo and rosicky are like new signings are naive at best. one injury to eduardo and one to gallas or almunia (likely to happen looking at our track record) will see us playing with the likes of silvestre and fabianski a la last season again. Do we want to see that happening?

    • i wont be

      July 29, 2009 at 8:33 am

      i wont be surprizd if d.villa comes in

  30. shitseswa

    July 29, 2009 at 12:57 am

    the person arsenal needs is edgar fighter ochieng, period. He is better than Galas and toure combined
    I wish arsene would look this way, i mean kenya

  31. Gb

    July 29, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Wenger shud stop making promises when he knows he wont fulfil them.@ d beginnin of d transfer season wenger said he woud kip d squad together tha he wont sell any1 but rather boost the team defensively(dm,cd)but nw hes doin d exact opp. He said d fans drove adebyeor away, agreed, wot abt toure nw. Wenger shud not promise wen he knws he woud fail. Also afta he bought vermaleen he sed he’ll complet all transfers b4 d preseason, i think d preseasn has started does it mean we re nt buyn any1 again afta d sale of two players?wenger suprise us pleaseeeee!

  32. Chisty Iftekhar

    July 29, 2009 at 12:53 am

    we should not be worried, as he has only sold adebayor. the others are well capable of getting the goals for us. eduardo if fully fit is easily a 20 goal a season striker and so is van persie. arshavin can also get 20 goals a season. bentner can chip in with at least 15. thats potentially 75 goals just from the strikers. therefore, selling a player with a lack of interest in playing for the club (he just wants to play for who pays him the most), makes sense. as far as kolo is concerned, if you look at last season, he has actually not been anywhere ear as good as he was before. djorou is actually poteltially fantastic.
    what we need is a defensive midfielder. wenger should spend the bulk of his budget on one. someone like xabi alonso would be the ultimate buy

    • Fred

      July 29, 2009 at 1:58 am

      Why do people bang on about Alonso? He’s not a defensive midfielder,at all. Arsenal have a scarily high proportion of witless sheep as fans.

  33. Cam

    July 29, 2009 at 12:51 am

    TYDUFFY, you…are…a…noob. I dunno how you became qualified to be able to post your opinion,

    FIrstly, your comment “Arsenal, with wise investment, could propel themselves to title contention next season” is pretty far fetched! There is not enough depth in the squad to be able to last 38 rounds and Champs league etc. Arsenal may feel the sting of losing the likes of Toure and Adebayor, who have both provided good strength to the squad. Understandable that Arsenal let them go though, who wants a player that isn’t willing to give his all for the club?

    Secondly, “The situation is curious. It indicates serious financial trouble, or serious delusion”….or maybe there aren’t any worthy buys left. And what I mean by worthy is not paying out the rear to get a decent player (Sir Alex is doing the same…). We know Arsenal have been in debt, same with United and Liverpool, but these clubs are worth more than what debt they are in! I’m not an Arsenal fan so I am probably wrong, but aren’t they still paying for Emirates Stadium?? I believe that cost was around the 400 million pound mark? I tip my hat to Wenger, his squad has been depleted since the loss of Henry, Campbell and Vieira and yet he is still able to keep his team in the top 4.

  34. Jarred Grimshaw

    July 29, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Does anyone ever suggest any players that are not currently being run in 15 different stories in the media at the moment? If you wikipedia De Rossi, apparently he is close to signing???

  35. tyduffy

    July 29, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Wenger is a genius, but genius does not last forever. Paul McCartney kept right on making music after 1970. It’s entirely possible Wenger could have moved on to his “Wings” stage.

  36. Renan

    July 29, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Apparently we will get £17 million for Toure and £10 million for Eboue. That means we’ll get around £52 million from player’s sales only ! But don’t expect too much on Wenger to buy stars like De Rossi, Gignac, Sneijder, etc.

  37. Olu Amosun

    July 29, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Arsenal are not in serious financial trouble. They are probabaly in a better position financiallly than the other top 4 clubs. (Man Utd £800Million debts anyone??!!) This club has been making a profit over the last 4 years. We DO need to add more quality to the squad though and by not doing so could mean we lose more overall if we do not qualify for the Champions League. Besides, the club tickets are expensive anyway, so they might as well invest some of our money to get the likes of Huntelaar,
    Hangeland and Cattermole.

    • tyduffy

      July 29, 2009 at 12:46 am

      Arsenal have a £400m debt from the new stadium. Because of the real estate market falling, the Highbury condos have not been as lucrative as anticipated. There’s always “money available” but seldom does it seem to be spent. Even when Arshavin was bought, he had to supply the difference in transfer fee himself.

      • johnyc

        August 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

        arsenal should buy van der vaart and sneider from real madrid.even maybe drente.Their more or less on the transfer market.

  38. Jarred Grimshaw

    July 29, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Simple fact is, financially Wenger is a Genius (im not saying im not worried however) but he is, and the board members must be frothing in these tough times. We all have to remember about the Highbury development…. Even though I live in Australia, im pretty sure there quite a few dwellings remaining, leaving quite a large hole!

    On the other Hand I will be disappointed if players are not brought in, the amount of money we got for Adebayor was fantastic, and Toure (who is 28 and contract expires in a year) I see as good ‘Business’.

    Any of the rumours of Huntelaar, I doubt Wenger will sign him. I would love to see De Rossi come in, Hangelaand, Martins, theres another defender from Newcastle too I dont mind. I think two more additions are vital to cover for both injuries and top 4 survival.

  39. Lady Arsenal

    July 29, 2009 at 12:39 am

    You are in no position to know anything regarding the transfer amounts involved, given that neither club have published any figures.

  40. kais

    July 29, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Wenger must go. He is a liar. So fed up with him. He should shut up and not open his mouth. Useless

  41. tuza

    July 29, 2009 at 12:20 am

    You all who criticize Wenger have no clue of what it takes to manage a team at thet level. You’ve become big mouthed instead of offering support like fans of other PL teams do. You claim to support Arsenal but fall to media hype that try to pull our team down. I am disappointed by you!

  42. Tyson

    July 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    There is a lot missing from the Arsenal squad thats why he can’t throw down all that money for just one “spectacular” player.

    I think Arsene Wenger needs to take the high road and keep investing in young players. You could argue that approach has failed him these last few years but with limited funds it was the only approach to take and his young players are bound to bloom eventually.

    I think Wenger will make the correct decisions and go for players loyal to the cause rather than try to retain the services of or sign classless punks motivated only by money.

    I don’t think Arsenal will be in title contention for a number of years though. They have some pretty good players but their squad is on the thin side considering if they lose one or two key players to injury their season is thrown into chaos.

    That is a problem neither United nor Chelsea suffer.

  43. ganazzz

    July 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Arsenal really need this player….Khairul Qamar from Malaysia….

    • gooner

      July 29, 2009 at 1:41 am

      idiot…shut up!!

  44. christian

    July 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I’m sure though that mr. wenger has his eye closer than I do, but still as a fan I would like to see some real strength added to the squad. I mean that would not mind at all to see kolo, senderos and eboue leaving if we could buy for example Mexes, a good dm and huntelaar.

  45. Stan Mortlock

    July 28, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    In ———————————-Arshavin
    Out ——————————–Adebayor
    In ———————————-Vermaelen
    Out ——————————–Toure
    That’s it folks,unless Wenger sells again

    Arsene may be singing from the same tired old song sheet,but that song sheet is written by Danny Fiszman.
    ( See…..www.guardian.co.uk/…/arsenal-usmanov-fiszman-david-conn )
    Fiszman removed Dein because Dein contacted Kroenke.Now Fiszman sells his shares to Kroenke.
    Do not blame Wenger .Until Arsenal supporters realise that Fiszman’s aim is to maximise his profits at the expense of our success nothing will change.
    Without Wenger we would be another Newcastle.

    • mark

      July 29, 2009 at 1:46 am

      the board are to blame for the situation arsenal are in it all changed the day david dein left.this club are changing into a feeder club and someting has to change quickly.

  46. jonnyknockout

    July 28, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    aguero is great, but i dont think we need him
    we may as well have sold van persie. He is simply too short.

    I think huntelaar is the guy we need right how, and why isn’t anyone mentioning christian poulsen? The guy is an animal in the defensive midfield, plays 100 percent all the time, and can score on corners. What isn’t there to like? Also, he just rejected a loan to Fulham He is just what we need right now. Then we can get cattermole and develop him into the next fabragas. We may even still have money to pick up another good midfielder as insurance for injuries

    • Yavor

      July 29, 2009 at 1:29 am

      Agree with you about Poulsen, mate. But I think the perfect one is Mohamadou Diarra…Real need money to buy Alonso, so its a nice opportunity for us to get the DM we so badly need…

  47. kristopher73

    July 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    1. huntelaar
    2.velloso/catermole
    3.hangeland / naldo/mertesaker
    4.krul

  48. bade the gooner

    July 28, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    few options:
    1) the fantasy: wenger trying to raise money for a shock move for Athleteco Madrid’s Aguero + Roma’s Danille De Rossi + centre back (also selling Senderos) as it seems lately that would be Hangenland
    2) the classy: Huntelaar. centre back + young defensive md
    3) the nightmare: nothing !!!

    Also notice that Arsenat got 41 m’ cause Toure’s fees are 16 not 14

    I hope we’ll keep Eboue, sack Senderos & 1st get real biting experienced defensive md, then another centre-back & maybe another stiker really we dont need that much another striker. we have 4, RVP, Edd, bendtner, simpsom + we havw arshavin vella & walcott, more that enough.

  49. Chi chi bah

    July 28, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    And how is making a fat profit at a debt-ridden club delusion? You pick up a crappy paycheck every month to write this and Arsene is making a club MILLIONS. You’re a silly journalist! And you’re the one who’s deluded, for sure.

  50. lhjhlj

    July 28, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    “The situation is curious. It indicates serious financial trouble, or serious delusion.”

    I think you forgot to add that it could also indicate common sense or logic.

    • david villa plzzzzzzzzzzzz

      July 29, 2009 at 7:20 am

      we actuly have 16m from the sale of kolo toure so thats around 40m arsenal is a big club they should think big now nt just for the game but for the reputation aswell .. lets go for david villa he is a self confessed arsenal fan. Can u imagine Cesc and villa on the field for arsenal..david villa david villa david villa david villa david villa david villa david villa david villa david villa david villa david villa

    • Joaq

      July 29, 2009 at 9:13 am

      I completely agree. People need to stop second guessing the decisions of SAF and Arsene. They happen to be the two longest tenured managers in the prem! I’m sure they have good reasoning behind what they are doing. They know more about football and the transfer market than anyone here will ever know, let them do their jobs.

      I feel they need a strong center back and they would be more than sufficient. Clichy would be nice on the left, Sagna on the right, Gallas in the middle and with the edition of one more, the Gooners should find themselves sitting pretty. If Arsene feels their roster is sufficient, then by all means, respect his decision. He could be holding out for a player looking to see out their contract somewhere else.

  51. chris

    July 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    hangeland
    cattermole
    huntelaar

    all we need

    • ken

      July 29, 2009 at 12:49 am

      agree

    • wllmhll

      July 29, 2009 at 4:39 am

      i think thats just perfect, but would rather see hangeland stay in fulham.

      • Lyle

        July 29, 2009 at 11:39 pm

        hangeland won’t go to arsenal. fulham is just a better club with better management and friendlier staff. Craven Cottage is also more special than Emirate Stadium and he likes Craven Cottage more than the Emirates.

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