Who has the better transfer policy. Arsenal,AC Milan or Man Utd?

Three teams with totally different transfer ways and principles, today we ask who has the better transfer policy?

Arsenal
Arsenal & Arsene Wenger likes developing his youth players and hardly signs a player over 30, Wenger also allows players to leave after they reach that magic age of 30. Players like Sol Campbell, Pires, & Gilberto allowed to quit the club for nothing, as Wenger would rather give a younger player a chance. No doubt the Arsenal system works and they have developed some fantastic players over the years. Player’s like Cesc, Walcott & Vela are regarded by some as the best young players in the game. Arsenal also make a huge profit ever year by selling players and replacing them with unknown talent who turn out to be a success, but is this policy working in regards to success on the pitch? Arsenal have recently signed Arshavin to add some experience to the side as it seemed that they were falling more behind the pack this season and in danger of missing out on champions league football.

Verdict : Arsenal have relied too much on youth over the past few seasons and this has cost them silverware, Arsenal need more players over 30 to give a overall balance to the team and to give some guidance to the younger players. 8/10

AC Milan
Now lets compare this policy to AC Milan, totally different to arsenal.

Milan seems to only want to sign players over 30 years old and have a team full of experienced internationals. Carlo Ancelotti seems to have a gift of getting players who many thought were finished a new lease of life. Players like Ronaldinho Beckham, Seedorf, Zambrotta, Pirlo. Add to that the odd young starlet like Pato and you have a good balance.

Verdict : Were Arsenal have too many kids, Milan have to many older players and again the balance is not right. 7/10

Man Utd

Its seems Man Utd have got it bang on when it comes to finding the right balance in the transfer market. Sir Alex Ferguson gives youth a chance when needed, Players like Rafael, Fabio & Welbeck have all impressed this season. And he is not scared to spend big on a player regardless of his age. Players like Berbatov, Tevez & Vidic have all come into the team and settled in to the playing style and given balance to the team. We have also seen this season that players like Giggs & Scholes can still do a job and are key in adding balance to the team.

Verdict : Perfect and it shows with rewards on and off the pitch. Top of the league, winning silverware nearly every year. The manger has got the balance right between youth and experience. 9/10

So out of the three the Man Utd system seems to be working best!

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15 Comments

  1. Hugo

    February 17, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Of course United’s way works the best, any team who CAN spend 30 million + on players regularly is going to have an advantage in the transfer market. If Wenger tried to do what Ferguson does he’d run the club into huge debt and become the next Leeds, if Ferguson tried what Wenger does it’d be pointless and he’d miss out on quality players who cost more. You can’t simply ask “who has the best transfer strategy?”- every club’s transfer policy has to be guided by the club’s circumstances. It’s not about the best policy universally, it’s about the best policy for the club in question.

  2. Clacko the Gooner

    February 17, 2009 at 10:49 am

    What bollocks!!!
    You don’t just need players over 30 for experience, experience is having cup winners and people who have been there before and know how to deal with the pressure. You don’t have to be over 30 to have done that!!!!!
    Cesc for one is a player who has vast experience. Or should we just dump him and get Gilberto back because he is older!!!!!

  3. go go gooners

    February 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

    arsene for life

  4. Neal

    February 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

    How is spending money that Man U don’t have the best method? They are over £800m in debt! This is completely ridiculous!

  5. Mike

    February 17, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Manu debt has been increasing every year. Surely when the bankers come for their money, which hopefully will be soon, manu will not be able to afford these expensive players.

  6. moley

    February 17, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Have to agree with hugo, success is distance traveled and for me if you are spending silly money every year to stay top then you are diluting your taste of success (if you are a true fan).I feel success at arsenal every time i watch them because of the way the club is run.
    If the hardcore of arsenal decided to set up another arsenal (like at man utd) then i would have to reconsider my lifelong support.
    Its not about ‘A’ or ‘B’ its how you get there.If you cant handle that then carry on buying lottery tickets and let your hope hang with a few men i suits.

  7. midou

    February 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    i think that people forget that till arshavin cost is confirmed ur record is still 13m, SAF spent 18m on a player ho didnt figure this season (hargreaves). u look at the list of the 10 most expensive transfer,man u have 3 players there ferdinand verone berbatov almost a 100m between them i dont think AW spent this money in his reign at arsenal,so people please credit credit credit credit credit to the men and i will never say it enough

  8. daniel

    February 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    i think manu have the best squad.. if manu in $800m debt.. they still can win the league , fa cup , leauge cup & european cup.. giggs already 35 ‘ we do have player like nani to replace him ..

  9. Andrew

    February 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I can never measure success in sport by money spent but by awards. You can continue spending less money and find excuses but even Aston Villa have proved to you that your policy will cost you a lot. We all know how Man Utd’s debt arose and its not out of the transfer policy as its a different matter altogether. You will realise that apart from this season, Alex Ferguson has made his expensive purchases after getting most of the funds from sales of either mediocre performers or players with potential but cannot make it at OT read (Allan Smith-£6m, Richardson-£5m, Bardsley-£1.8m, Heinze-£8m and Rossi-£7m) vs (Hargreaves-£17m, Anderson-£17m and Nani-£17m). This means that the net cost of the 3 players was £23.m. Now thats good biz for me given the fact that there is adequate cover in all the positions that the sold players are good at not to mention the skills gap (Rossi notwithstanding as there is Welbeck coming through).

    Hargreaves not featuring this season is no fault of neither his nor Alex Ferguson. Its down to fate just like Eduardo da Silva, Thomas Rosicky etal. I believe Arsene Wenger did not get these players free either. Hargreaves when fit, is true quality we all know this.

    Moley, I feel success at Manutd every year that we come out with a trophy to show coz we are not one of those clubs that enter competitions as mere participants or also runs and am happy for the club to have broken the myth that an English club cannot produce a world footballer of the year. (he cost us only £12m by the way). It does not follow that spending big keeps you up there, the quality of management also matters (ask Man City).

    You cannot give credit to a policy that breeds 4 barren years in succession unless you are not talking about sport.

  10. moley

    February 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    No disrespect Andrew.
    I think man u are a great team but i am worried about the game.
    If holes should be picked then Maybe i should have aimed at chelsea who we all know dont deserve anything (but the fans do).
    If we really want to see who the greatest manager is then let them have the same resources and lets see.
    Lets see hull or west ham win the league.It would’nt just be the locals smiling.Real fans are’nt afraid of losing.If you don’t lose then winning is irrelevant.
    Man u have’nt broken the myth of a world footballer of the year coming from england.They have shown us that a club can be run by

  11. moley

    February 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    No disrespect Andrew.
    I think man u are a great team but i am worried about the game.
    If holes should be picked then Maybe i should have aimed at chelsea who we all know dont deserve anything (but the fans do).
    If we really want to see who the greatest manager is then let them have the same resources and lets see.
    Lets see hull or west ham win the league.It would’nt just be the locals smiling.Real fans are’nt afraid of losing.If you don’t lose then winning is irrelevant.
    Man u have’nt broken the myth of a world footballer of the year coming from england.They have shown us that a club can be run as multi-national corporate business.Thanks peter kenyon.They have shown us that you can brain wash people on the other side of the world and more importantly they have paved the way for chelsea who are destined to fail.

  12. Fama

    February 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    liken Clacko said,

    Age isnt experience. Fab is 21 with a relatively better experience than Almunia (31) as a keeper. Nonetheless, we’ve gat to give it to Man U.

    Gooner 4 lyf!!!

  13. mike

    February 18, 2009 at 4:22 am

    arsenal do also spend quite alot of money not as much as man u but still alot i also believe wenger would spend ig money on a player if he really thaught they wer worth it and if he knew he wouldnt just be outbidded by the likes of chelsea and man city. but as a devoted arsenal fan im going 2 have 2 go with wenger on this one but taking nothing away from ferguson they are both brilliant managers but both make mistakes when buying also i.e reyes/jeffers and veron/alan smith along with a few more from either side but i have 2 agree with what the other arsenal fan everytime i watch arsenal i feel success the buzz of watching the young guns in the carling cup especially the 6-0 against sheff utd personnally gave me as much as a buzz as the undefeated season there is just something special about arsenal and if the likes of wilshire,ramsey fabregas,walcott,vela,diaby,djourou,clichy and many more can stay together and keep improving and get their chance rather than constantly not getting a game because a supposedly more experienced/expensive player is in the way then i think there will only be one outcome to this debate and that is arsene wenger is a genious and arsenal have a world dream team for say what just a little more than the cost of berbatov.

  14. The Brain

    February 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    There are better teams with better transfer policies than United and Milan. Sevilla have 7,000 scouts (many part-time etc.), Ajax have a great academy and invest in youth while a lot of Spanish, Italian and German teams but brilliant little gems i.e. Napoli signing Lavezzi. It’s how you spend in terms of the resources you have and the size of the club.

    Not forgetting Real Madrid and Man City just for the excitement factor!

  15. Andrew

    February 18, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I do agree that both Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are brilliant managers. However, I do not want to hype any of them as genius, not even my own Alex Ferguson unless of course we have a different description for this from the dictionary description. Both of them are creative but whereas their intellect is undoubted, it would be overhyping to say their intellect is extra ordinary.

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