It’s understandable why the Arsenal board would be against a Wenger headed move for Remy because he made it quite clear with his move to QPR that he’s a mercenary type of player.
Not only does that go against everything Arsenal stands for, it also implies that any transfer would turn out to be quite expensive and we all know how Arsenal like to keep the profit margins topped up.
If Wenger is serious about going after Remy and really wants him in the Arsenal squad, then the board are playing a dangerous game with their manager who has been forced to endure strict transfer restrictions throughout his career.
Wenger is never going to be the sort of manager who comes out and starts throwing his toys out of the pram but it gives the wedge between himself and the club an extra hammer at a very delicate and crucial stage.
It would appear that the board would prefer Wenger to go and spend some of his transfer budget on securing Wilfried Bony of Vitesse Arnhem, arguably a much better value striker.
Bony’s record in the Dutch league this season has been phenomenal; 37 goals in 32 starts which does make it slightly confusing as to why Wenger would seemingly prefer Remy to compete with Giroud, Podolski and Walcott next season.
It could be to do with age, as Bony is two-years younger than Remy or it could be to do with the value and financial side of things with Bony looking like a much better value for money transfer.
The serious problem this creates, if true, is the sort of situation which has been developing at Chelsea for years since Roman Abramovich took over at the club.
If Arsenal become a side where the board starts dictating to Wenger in terms of who he should and shouldn’t be going after, then very few would be surprised if he shot through the exit door without a second thought.
That would be a real shame because all Wenger seems to be asking for is a little financial freedom to go and make the signings he sees as important in solidifying Arsenal as a top four side all over again, at a time when the club has never had more cash to spend.
One of the reasons Wenger has enjoyed such longevity at Arsenal is because of the fact he’s managed the football side of things and toed the line when it’s come to the club’s finances.
It creates friction, resentment and all of the other things which have not been evident for the majority of Wenger’s career at Arsenal and if doubts start to creep in Arsenal will just keep going backwards.
Should Wenger be allowed to sign whoever he wants?
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