~By Tony Attwood
It is all very well saying that club A is planing to buy player X, but such things have to be put into context. Is the club looking to sell a club that needs to sell to balance the books? Is the club looking to buy, a club a) with the money and b) with a willingness to spend it.
As we know, for a number of years Arsenal had the money, but was choosing to spend it, or better said, “had chosen some years before” to spend it on the stadium. As a result we have a magnificent stadium, and now having paid for much of it we have the money.
Liverpool and Tottenham are entering into that traumatic period and so will feel the pinch to differing degrees, just as we did.
But has this really turned Arsenal into a buying club? Well, if we have a look at last summer we bought
- Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)
- Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)
- David Ospina (Nice)
- Calum Chambers (Southampton)
- Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
And we sold, gave away or otherwise disposed of….
- Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) Free
- Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) Free
- Chuks Aneke (Zuite Waregem) Free
- Nicklas Bendtner Released
- Chu Young Park Released
- Wellington Silva (UD Almeria) Loan
- Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham)
- Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) Loan
- Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona)
- Ignasi Miquel (Norwich City)
- Ryo Miyaichi (Twente) Loan
In the January window we had
- Gabriel Paulista (Villarreal CF)
- Krystian Bielik (Legia Warszawa)
- Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Joel Campbell (Villarreal CF) loan
- Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) loan
- Matt Macey (Accrington Stanley) loan
- Lukas Podolski (Inter Milan) loan
Now that sold/gave away list is pretty extensive, not least because it frees up a lot of salary.
So the net expenditure was around £35m in the summer and £16 in January making £51m, which really is a fairly hefty expenditure.
Same again this summer?
Well certainly maybe. We have no worries about FFP and the money seems to be there. Which is why the transfer speculation is high, and why I continue to harbour serious doubts about what is going on at certain other clubs. Liverpool don’t have an FFP to worry about immediately, but if their aim is to get back into the Champions League, they will do again, and won’t be able to pull the trick they pulled last time, of showing that some of the money spent was spent on a stadium that was actually never built.
Man C are out of what (if they were a school in England) we would call “special measures” but could easily slip back into FFP problems, if they are seriously going to spend the money some people talk about.
So what’s the latest?
The all knowing Telegraph which is able to get inside your head and tell you what you are about to think (which when you consider it, really is spooky) says,
Gunners fans had hoped Arturo Vidal would join Alexis Sanchez at Emirates next season, but now seems they’ll be disappointed
The official translation provided by Google’s automatic telepathic translator came back as
Our level of arrogance knows no bounds, for we are now able to make up a story about a transfer, tell you what you will think, get you to think it, and then, when we undo the story, make you feel disappointed. You are totally under our domination, and even your thoughts are not your own.
So did you “hope” and are you now “disappointed”? If not, you are not a “Gunners fan” as the Telegraph so quaintly puts it. It is important to know these things, otherwise one’s life can become very confusing.
The Telegraph continued its theme with the headline
“Escapes” eh? You can see what they think.
The Metro had a bash with Podolski too.