Arsene Will Spend But Not Irresponsibly
Good morning from a snowy Thames Valley, the world falling apart at the first hint of half a foot of snow. As of yet, tonight’s game has not been postponed but presumably, if that is to happen, it will be called off to stop visiting supporters taking leave of their senses, sorry, travelling down to the match from the north-west.
Elsewhere, Arsene has declared that he will not be held to ransom in the transfer market:
It’s my responsibility to spend the money in the right way. Why should I splash it out and pay 10 [million pounds] for a player who is worth five?
It’s normal that you buy the players for the right price.
If [Lionel] Messi is available maybe you would spend the money. But you look at the financial situations of many clubs in England and it is because when the income was one they spend two. There is an abnormality of the market because one or two clubs don’t need to look at the money, they just put the pressure on everybody else.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the sounds of a thousand dreams of a free-spending Arsenal shattering. Or at least that will be the way in which the comments are interpreted.
Yet Wenger is not saying that. He has a budget and he is going to stick to it, the right player will be purchased for £30m if the manager thinks he is worth it and the money is there. That he has not yet done so means a media perception of excess frugality sticks. Like all managers, he has a mixed record when it comes to his high price signings. For every Arshavin, there will be a Jeffers or Reyes where the deal does not work out for whatever reason.
Wenger should not spend simply because it is demanded and thankfully, he has a strength of character – or stubborn streak – that refuses to allow him to be bullied in the manner that Rafa Benitez appears to be. Nor is he held to ransom when trying by overpriced and overrated Argentine midfielders or Bulgarian forwards, no hope of recouping the inital outlay in the future.
We have already seen that with one English forward at Arsenal, now another comes into the media spotlight with Carlton Cole valued at £9m in the back pages. With his injury track record, Cole seems ideal for Arsenal but surely at no more than £5m? The question which seems to be missed in all of this is whether or not the West Ham player will improve the squad in any other way than being fit? Is he better than Bendtner – his nearest match physically? Personally, I think not but it is Wenger whose neck is on the line in such matters, not mine.
If tonight’s match goes ahead, enjoy it wherever you are watching, if not the bonus is that the players will be rested ahead of Everton’s visit to The Emirates this weekend and get some more time to master the midfield tactics in Alex Song’s absence.
Posted on January 6, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 159 Comments.