Is £70 Million enough?


Arsene Wenger has been handed a £70million spending kitty this summer after a disappointing season has exploited the weaknesses in the current Arsenal squad. This has been Arsenal’s worst season under Wenger and the Gunners bowed out of the League and FA cup competitions to lower league teams and they haven’t maintained a spot in the top 4 for any consistent amount of time until recently. It’s clear to everyone who watches Arsenal that due to selling some of their best players over the years they are left damaged and in desperate need of strengthening up but is £70million enough to rebuild the squad to a standard of competing?

Arsenal currently have a huge wage bill and it is full of players being paid despite not having regular game time in the last 3 years. A lot of the deadwood will be sold or released in the summer and the players heading the exit door are a collective of Wenger’s previous mistakes. Their departures will free up £25million a year in wages that will be put towards new signings, meaning they will finally be able to invest in more talented players that actually are proven.

Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendnter, Denilson, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squallaci,  Andrey Arsharvin, Andre Santos, Emmanuel Frimpong, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone will all be leaving Arsenal in the summer and if rumours are to be believed then there is a possibility that Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, and Wojeich Szczesny could also be joining them. They also have the issue of players out on loan such as Miyaichi, Campbell and Park to consider and whether they will place them in the first team, sell them or continue to loan out?

To boost the squad without necessary spending they will be likely to call up a few of their youth prospects such as Eisfield, Gnabry, Embecilo and Akpom who have all been in impressive form this season but the rest will have to be sourced from the transfer market and all within the £70million budget and who can really predict whether Arsene will spend every penny of that cash-but the issue is more about whom he’ll buy. Arsenal need some older and experienced players for the young players to learn from and whilst they have that in Mertesacker and Arteta neither of them possess the talent nor the skill that makes them stand out players, despite the fact that Per has been great this season. It is experience that Arsenal have lacked this year, sometimes our players have looked out of their depth because they are still learning and they need the confidence that experience brings.

The myth that Wenger doesn’t like to spend much is dispelled when you see that actually he has spent money over the last few years but he hasn’t spent it wisely when you take into account who he has sold in return for who he has bought. Giroud was never going to be a Van Persie replacement but still Wenger chose to buy him and whilst he has scored for them he is nowhere near good enough to be their main striker. Arsenal have missed goal a lot this year, there is a lack of creativity in the midfield and the box, if Arsene wants to neglect the defence in favour of an attacking philosophy then he needs to buy another striker at least, an already proven out-and-out forward and he must play them upfront instead of on the wing like he does now and I’m sure you all know who I’m talking about.

To even stand a chance of competing for silverware next season the team need a decent Goalkeeper, a centre-back, a defensive midfielder and at least one quality out-and-out striker who scores regularly and not someone who emanulates the talent of Chamakh. The time has come for Wenger to stop relying on the short-term solutions and buy quality players that don’t have a history of injuries, have proven ability and not talent that he will have to develop for the future-they already have that in Wilshere, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Ramsey and Walcott.

For a financially astute club in terms of balancing the books, Arsenal took a big risk in neglecting the football team to focus on finance over the last few years and as a result they now have to spend £70million in order to try to repair the situation they created something that was never part of the orginal financial plan. All of the money should be spent on players in the summer but with a big chunk of the squad leaving they are going to find it hard to match up to other clubs who have two teams or at least enough players to rotate the squad and cover injuries. Arsenal are lacking in so many areas and £70million suddenly seems like a small amount to fix everything that is wrong and I don’t think it’s enough to rebuild a squad to the quality that everyone is expecting.

Please feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree 🙂

1 Response to “Is £70 Million enough?”

  1. 1 Julius
    April 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    If we get rid of our deadwood and then promote some youngsters, we can use the £70m on proven professional who are going to take us to another level! We need a DM, top class striker, top keeper and a versatile defender! We really need to start competing

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