Arsenal's worst signing of the past eight seasons

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The last eight seasons have been fruitless for Arsenal in terms of winning a trophy but in this same period there have been many bad signings.

When considering the worst of the lot people will automatically consider Squillaci, Park or even Santos. The simple fact of the matter is that Arsenal has made many poor signings in the last eight years. In my opinion one person stands out head and shoulders above the others as being bad.

This person is the chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

In all fairness he had big boots to fill in David Dein, a man who had Arsenal football club running through his veins. No one expected Gazidis to be a carbon copy of Dein, but the fans expected a man who was competent enough to do best for the club.

It was said at the time of his appointment back in 2008 that Arsene Wenger had a hand in his appointment stating that he wanted someone to work closely with him on transfers. This has been a total disaster for both of them, the players who have arrived have not been of the same calibre as the stars leaving the club.

The big money signing of Arshavin did not really work out and since then it seems the policy has been to fill gaps in the squad with cheaper players who can do a job without being overly expensive.

The statements coming out from the club over the last few seasons were contradictory. The fans have been nothing but patient over the baron spell for the club but the information they have been given has been contradictory.

This lack of information caused by Gazidis, Wenger and the board has resulted in Arsenal fans arguing amongst themselves to find the problem/solution. The problems seem to have come to a head over the last two seasons with Gazidis and Wenger losing their cool in press conferences or AGM’s.

The fans had been told on many occasions that Arsenal could not compete financially because of the stadium debt but there would always be one person who would say the opposite. This was usually the job of Peter Hill-Wood, every season he would put out a statement saying there was lots of money available to Wenger if he wanted it.

Still to this day many people believe Wenger had money to spend and others believe the board had limited money. Gazidis has also on a few occasions stated a similar statement to Hill-Wood, normally the week of the season ticket renewal deadline. A ploy to make sure people renew the season tickets. This year Gazidis stated Arsenal could afford Rooney in that very same week.

It seems that is his real objective, to make the club as much money as possible. If he does this then he himself can benefit with a bigger bonus. He has scooped a reported 36% bonus last season and earns a reported £2 million a year. Him and Wenger are two of the highest paid managers and chief executives in the league, at the same time they are penny pinching on signings and contract renewals.

Together they have seen many of the top players leave on a free transfer because they had failed to act before the player reached the final years of the contract. They have paid very average players well, meaning that it is very hard to sell these people because no other team want to pay them such a high wage. Players such as Park did not play a league game and were written off as bad debt. Lets not mention the farce that has been this seasons transfer window, letting seventeen players go and replacing them with one.

The time has now come where fans want changes and Gazidis name is top of the list, closely followed by Wenger. Surely something will change at Arsenal, if not I worry for the next AGM.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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