Only one big team can afford to buy without selling

It seems utterly bizarre and crazy, but it looks as if of the top four in the EPL only one of the clubs could, if it so wished, rush out and spend £30 million on Johnny Foreigner (to use Mr Sugar’s memorable phrase about Dennis Bergkamp.)

The Russians have announced that there will be no more buying this January. They’ve put a spin on it (we bought well in the summer, the injured will be back from the dead by then etc), but the reality is this is a huge change of perspective.

In the good old days of the One and Only Special One it was buy, buy and buy some more. Who cares if you have a total team, buy another player, just to muck it up for the opposition. See that Wright Phillips kid? Let’s wreck his career by snapping him up for £20 million or whatever it was, play him twice and sell him back a couple of years later for 35p.

What happened to that ploy? The end of capitalism happened, which is rather an amusing way to scupper a Russian owned club.

Manchester Bankrupt remain bankrupt, and all the drops in interest rates in the world won’t help them out of that because they can’t pay the interest and no one wants to lend them a penny more. Of course Sir Alex F Word might well bark that he needs another centre forward and they might squeeze one more out, but it looks more than likely that it is now a “sell first, before you buy” policy at Very Old Trafford.

Same goes for Liverpool Insolvency, where that is now official policy. Not a penny can be spent before someone is released.

Which leaves, amazingly, The Arsenal. That’s the club that two years ago were denounced in the media (and even by one or two bloggies) as totally bust, with the board demanding that Wenger sell everyone to balance the books. Turns out all the books were balanced, and these days we have the deeply revered Mr Hill-Wood almost begging the boss to spend something. And we still haven’t counted the millions from the sale of the flats.

No wonder that Arsenal can, and did, reduce ticket prices with the reduction in VAT. I called that one wrong, and I apologise to the club for ever doubting that they would do it.

So, when you read all the daily gibberish in the Daily Gibberish, about Arsenal being head-to-head with Manchester, Russia and Liverpuddle to buy someone you’ve never heard of, just remember, it is only head-to-head if Arsenal say “no”.

We’re the only club that can afford to buy.

2 Replies to “Only one big team can afford to buy without selling”

  1. Haha, well said. I keep tellin my manc and liverpool mates that their club is in financial shambles! There in billions of dollars of debt and they can no longer afford to get away with this in today’s economy. And the puny 50-60 mil. that they get from their stadium and CL appearances alone isn’t going to help them. One of these days their bubble will burst and they’ll have to announce their financial ruin. I can be proud of my club for their structural integrity and infrastructural superiority. I love being a Gooner! Gooner4lyf

  2. We can criticise Wenger for not bringing us silverware the last 3 seasons, but we must realise that this is a vital spell for us and for the future of Arsenal.
    Wenger and the board didn’t do anything stupid and were and still are patiently building a brand new side with the best youth in the country, pardon me, in the world.
    If Arsenal can keap this group together for another 2 years we will have the best team “the world has ever seen” and it will be an Arsenal team wich have costed almost nothing (compared to the other top 4 teams) and our club will be a financially healthy club.

    Good work from the board and Arsene.
    We love you Arsenal, we do !
    Greetings from a proud Gooner from the continent.

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