By Sir Hardly Anyone
The story from everywhere is of financial and legal chaos. Crooks buying their way into English clubs in order to use them for money laundering (a story we first started to pick up on 10 years ago and now being reported once again).
Barcelona more than a billion euros in debt and a net wealth of minus 450 million euros and a payroll that costs 135% of their income.
Three clubs who can seemingly buy anyone and do anything they like including (in the case of Manchester City) take on the Premier League in court and slow down every process so much that, as with their battle against Uefa, they will eventually be able to argue that the case is out of time.
The European courts now considering the fact that a Spanish court has said that Uefa does not have the authority to stop clubs playing in the super league.
And just when we don’t need it, a continuance of the highly successful media and fan campaign to destabilise Arsenal, which has already seen off two of our three most successful managers (in terms of win percentage), one of who is our all time most successful manager (in terms of trophies).
It all looks a bit of a mess. But who, in Premier League terms is spending? I’ve not seen a comparative table so I thought I would build one.
In the left columns we have clubs who have spent more money than they have brought in through sales, with Manchester leading the way.
In the right columns we have the five clubs currently in profit after their dealings so far
|Club||Net spend||Club||Net profit|
|Manchester City||-£69m||Aston Villa||+£23m|
|Crystal Palace||-£40m||West Ham||+£1m|
So quite a spread of financial results so far. The window closes on 31 August so by my calculations that means 13 days to go. And of course as we know we have 131 players tipped to be coming to Arsenal (details are here and here) and we also have details of what actually happened to the 134 who were tipped to come to Arsenal last summer. See the rather logically headlined article What happened to the 134 players said to be coming to Arsenal last summer?
But the fact remains that Manchester City and Chelsea can outspend everyone else at the drop of a hat, and the Premier League is seemingly unwilling or unable to stop Manchester City from keeping the legal case against them relating to their spending going on and on forever.
There are however two things that worry me about Arsenal’s situation.
The first is the extent of the media campaign against the club, which seems to be stronger than ever before.
The second is the possibility that Mr Arteta has had another disciplinary blow-up with players – this time Aubameyang and Lacazette – and that he is putting his need to show his authority above everything else. No evidence of that, but I just wonder…
We can recall that Ozil was frozen out of Arsenal’s squad last season because of the need to have just 17 non-UK players in the team. Not that my opinion makes any odds but it seemed to me that it must have been possible to arrange a loan deal with someone at that point; having the player on the books but not playing looked bad from the outside and could not have been in Ozil’s best interests.
And I do think the best interests of players is important, because players watch how clubs treat their staff. The big blow up with Guendouzi is another issue that looks bad for Arsenal; an incredibly talented player who needed to be brought into line, but not a player who needed to be shunted out at once.
If we have similar disciplinary issues with Auba and Laca (and of course I don’t have any inside information on this) I fear it will be giving the club a really bad name among other players. And of course it does nothing for our chances of scoring a goal.
Especially as Eddie is out as well; the latest statement saying that he was injured in the friendly against Chelsea and is not expected to be back in training in approximately four weeks.
There is talk of Arsenal rushing through a deal for Martin Odegaard and playing him in the game at the weekend, along with playing Saka from the start with Smith Rowe taking up positions either side of Odegaard with Pepe then playing at centre forward.
It all seems a little far fetched, but maybe fetchedness is what we need at the moment.
The statistical enquiry of 2021 that the media totally ignored
How the media created an alternative story that Arsenal failed in 2020/21, when in fact Arsenal brought about a revolution
- Which PL clubs foul the most and which are fouled the most?
- Behold: The dirtiest teams in the PL last season; and the one that were fouled the most
- Making up statistics about Arsenal is ok… until someone bothers to check.
- New fouls and yellow card data suggest refs are reacting to club ploys.
- Arsenal keeper to be replaced by 8 year old who’s never played football
- 2020/21: The key data tables
- All change with PGMO and the refs.. But what change?
- The last five years proves one big thing: nothing is guaranteed.
- Injuries Time to sack Tierney according to one part of the media
- Next season starting lineup and the new Financial Fair Play rules
- The huge bias of referees is proven. PGMO and media fight back.