Stan & Transfers: What Difference Does It Make?
Transfer spending has always been a bone of contention across the spectrum of Arsenal fans. Or perhaps the lack of it separates the views of those who believe in the mix of organic growth with a smattering of experience as opposed to the spending mentality beseiging the English game for the past twenty years.
Fingers point in the direction of others, Chelsea and City with the seemingly neverending pockets of their owners to rely upon, United with a seemingly neverending supply of credit that never gets repaid. Good Old Arsenal, we’re proud to say that name, we’ll never borrow money to buy again.
And that’s the way it is apparently going to remain. Transfer war chests are noted, demands to spend are made, predominantly through a media which thrives and survives on the back of such activity. A lack of it? No problem, they thrive and survive on crucifying the manager, agitating the fans.
The new owner is apparently going to demand that Arsène spend his war chest this summer. It is curiously similar to the opinion that was leaked last month that Arsène had become tired of his squad underachieving and was going to ship out half a dozen and spend the best part of £80m replacing them. Continuation of a theme or at least, continuing the theme from a new angle.
Whatever the case is, will there be any early signings in the Summer? Recent seasons has seen the bulk of the activity late in the transfer window, although last year Arsène did manage new faces relatively early. It galls some that United and everyone else appears to do their transfer business far more quickly. Heaven knows they are miserable now.
And in a sense you understand the frustration. Not from the spending mentality but more from integrating new players into the squad.
United tend to do their business more quickly because they are shopping more often in a different market. They will look to purchase from Harrods as Arsène wanders by, casting a fleeting glance through the window, before wandering into the boutique down the chic little alleyway. When you are trawling through a large number of shops to find that elusive bargain, patience is a virtue.
Will Stan want that to change this time around? He would not be averse to it happening but there is a sense that he will not seek to impose that on the manager. A major signing would be a positive PR spin, currently swimming against the tide in that sense. Indeed such is the flighty nature of humans, a number who oppose Kroenke now will become his biggest supporters in that instant.
The notion of selling to buy is not unique to Arsenal. Manchester United’s biggest spending sprees have always been funded by big sales. Their current potential purchases are still coming from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.
If Arsène so desired he could sell Fàbregas, Wilshere, Clichy and a few others, pocketing over £100m in the process. A healthy fighting fund but an unhealthy squad remaining. His problem is that two of three named yesterday said that they are not going anywhere.
Jack Wilshere tweeted that the Manchester City rumour was not true, Arsenal was in his heart. Nobody actually believed it was but that Wilshere took time to issue a concrete denial is a positive for the young man. It followed Gael Clichy’s denial of moving in the summer.
Clichy is still a villain in jaundiced quarters, never wholly forgiven for conceding that penalty at St Andrews. That he wants to wait until the summer for contract talks in order to focus on his football is not surprising and merely an extension of the club’s philosophy a couple of years back when Robin van Persie’s contract was renegotiated. It is also the most solid base for transfer gossip that you are likely to see.
Denilson – a favourite of many, for leaving that is – is hawking the talents of one of his countrymen. Should William join, he won’t be in Denilson’s debt though, the Arsenal player dismissing it as Really Nothing. What a Charming Man he is, although he has instigated Panic at Stamford Bridge.
Actually that joke isn’t funny anymore so time to end for today, I think. ’til Tomorrow.
Posted on April 13, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 170 Comments.