Arsenal fans should be wary of Arsene Wenger’s comments that the club is about to spend big money.
Arsenal are one of the best run businesses in English football. The club has consistently turned out a profit despite having to pay off the Emirates Stadium and build a team capable of challenging for silverware.
Arsene Wenger has said the club are about to shell out the cash to catch up with the big sides in English football and give themselves the best chance of returning to their glory days.
Be wary all Gunners out there because you could quickly become very disappointed.
Wenger’s transfer policy has not changed much since he took over as Arsenal boss. He rarely spent big in the days even before Arsenal had a new stadium.
Transfer records from the last five years also show that he rarely spends any money in the winter transfer window with the £10 million acquisition of Andrey Arshavin about as good as it gets.
“We will spend big [again] because we had restricted finances because we had built the stadium and had to pay that back. You look at any club who has done that, and they have gone down [in performance],” Wenger told Al Jazeera Sport.
Many Arsenal fans will say they’ve heard it all before when all they want is some solidity and some silverware to take them back to the days when they were going entire seasons unbeaten.
Another reason Arsenal fans should be sceptical is because the club have failed time and time again to hang onto their best players.
One of the key messages that Wenger would have stressed to the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie is this message that the club would be in an imminent position to spend big money.
Both of these players have admitted their love for the Gunners so had they been completely convinced by Wenger, they probably would have signed new contracts and stayed in North London.
The club is even struggling to hang onto Theo Walcott who is nowhere near the calibre of these two former Arsenal giants.
It just all stinks of a familiar message from the Arsenal boss setting up feelings of hope only for them to be let down when the club does nothing drastic in terms of signing superstars in the summer.
Arsenal fans, let us know how you feel about Wenger’s comments.
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