By Walter Broeckx
Continuing from my previous commentary Arsenal never spend anything much on transfers. Or do they?…
Yes Arsenal has to be silent about their transfer dealings. If Arsenal were to go public on who they are talking with the other big money spenders might step in and outbid us. For those who have paid attention they know that we cannot spend like mad. Forget the cash balance stories. A cash balance is not a transfer kitty. It really isn’t.
We have a fair deal of money available for transfers but this money cannot be thrown away as if we were City of Chelsea. So what Arsenal is trying to do with their silent negotiations is to outsmart the other teams who can spend like mad. Frustrating? Yes for the fans it is as it might look that nothing happens. And as far as we know lots of things might be happening.
But for the generation who plays their computer games and can transfer a player with a few clicks it is too complex to understand that the real world out there is not like a computer game.
Players do want to come to the PL. And if I would be a young man and having the chance of going to play in Spain or in England… hell… even I would pack my bags, make sure my sun blocker is packed and head to the sunny climate of Spain. This might be a little exaggeration from my part but this might well be one of the criteria that makes a player decide to go to Spain and stay out of the cold English winters.
And then we have the interference of the almighty managers. And the cosy friendships between club managers and player managers. We all know the special one has a few friends with whom he can do lots of business without any problem as long as the club he works for pays ludicrous amounts of money to the player’s manager. Something Arsenal don’t like doing. As it takes money out of football.
So I can imagine Arsenal not being the most popular club when Mendes and Raiola meet in the pub after counting their money from their transfer deals. And being very close to those people has helped the moaning one a lot in his career. But it all plays a big part in transfer deals.
Arsenal are certain to not have access to certain players because of their manager and the relation he has with other managers. Of course Arsenal could join the other spending clubs and decide to play the filthy game but thank god we are talking about The Arsenal and we do things our way.
So yes in a way lots of things about Arsenal transfers are frustrating. But not all of them are our own making. If you want to have clean hands, you better not stick your hands in the mud.
Because of all this Arsenal has to be more patient to get transfers done. We are very much down to other players moving first before we can get our real top targets. Top targets we know nothing about. Frustrating yeah….
If there is one thing I also have been told it is that if we are not able to get our top targets…. Then we will not revert to second quality players. Only in case of a real emergency we would do this. No, if the top players Arsenal wants don’t become available for a price we can afford we will keep our powder dry. There is always a next transfer window. And then we could try again.
So is there a chance our top targets don’t materialise? Yes that could happen. Then people will go bonkers and will blame all and everyone. Or one in particular. Even if it is not the fault of Arsenal that the players didn’t come/couldn’t come/didn’t want to come/…. As I said there are all kinds of reasons why players don’t want to come. Unless you pay them silly money and most of all if you pay their managers silly money.
And if there is one thing Arsenal don’t have then it is …silly money. Arsenal only have money (not unlimited!) because they have been working for that money and have been careful in how to spend it. This will continue in the future.
Like it or not, but this is the path that Arsenal has chosen to follow. And if it is too frustrating for you I suggest you could get away from it. I just look at it from an interesting point of view. I like the players we have till they are gone. All of them, yes. And I just want them to do well and be successful for us.
Any new player will get my love from the start and I will wish him all the best. I will not think : what if we had bought X or Y, because that is useless. We didn’t for whatever reason and that is it. I probably would be a poor manager and would spend all of Arsenal’s money in 1-2 seasons and might get no return at all.
So I just stick to the supporting of the club and players we have. I think I’m better in being a supporter than in being someone who can say what the club should do and how it should be done. I know my limits. So I will just stick to shouting: COYG!
PS: I do believe that Arsenal is working on a big transfer. But don’t know if it will work out as planned. But that is my personal belief based on my own gut feelings.
- Arsenal never spend anything much on transfers. Or do they?
- Why the evidence of your own eyes does not reveal what is happening with Arsenal
- Fear and loathing at the Emirates; supporting the club or foul mouting it
- Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool