Arsenal’s Double Standards

This summer I’m sure many a fan has been hoping, dreaming of lots of new talent (preferably in the defensive area) joining our club. We have only signed two players (Chamakh and Koscielny who it took months for the transfers to be completed) and have let several go. Wenged promised reinforcement, yet I feel our depth especially in defence is wafer thin, and this in a highly competitive league is naive to the extreme.

However I digress, my main issue is with the length of time it takes us as a world renound club to complete its transfers of players. I bet all of us remember the Arshavin and Nasri Saga’s that seemed to go on forever. However when our beloved manager wants a new contract, he gets it in a matter of days?

Don’t get me wrong I’ve been a great fan of Wenger over the past 5 years, although recently some of his methods have undoubtably baffled most Arsenal fans, he has served and evolved our club for the most part in the right direction. But this eagerness to snap Wenger to a new contract, rather than invest this time to quickening our transfer process, in my opinion shows the desires of the hierachy of the club: to just scrape forth place with the minimum amounts of spending possible, just to be happy to get the extra Champions League and TV money. And I think the only way to improve on our league positions in recent years and to end our trophyless spell is to get out of this mindset and attempt to sign players faster. This will give the new players longer to dwell, and more importantly not give us fans such a rollercoaster ride in the transfer windows.

by Gunner_X5

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  1. goonergaz

    August 18, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I don’t get the problem? He’s happy, the boards happy – what’s to discuss?

    Regarding protracted transfers, I tend to agree however I’d rather know Wenger is getting the best possible price rather than pay extra to get the player quicker (and pay over the odds) – I’d just rather we bought a few more players.

  2. kaka

    August 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

    X5 you’re right more than 100% on the issue i was also a great fan of mr Wenger but right now i don’t feel like seeing his face.
    if we don’t have money to buy players, why does this man lying to us yaer after year? and i really don’t know who is lying to us between our manager and the board.

  3. dave

    August 18, 2010 at 9:42 am

    im sure the club works as quickly as it can

    the negotiation process is probably prolonged as we are trying to get the best deals!

    the euro/pound exchange rate is awful so whereas it looks like we are offering the same money in sterling it is far less attractive to our european cousins so they reject our offers

    and hence the negotiation process begins again

    yes its annoying but to say its ‘double standards’ that wenger can sign a contracty so quickly is nonsense

    obv he is very happy and didnt need much changing to his existing contract!

  4. Eduardo

    August 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Silly article. If you know anything about arsenal and wenger’s contract ivan gazidis clearly stated before the end of last season that the board had begun talks on the new contract. So far from it being done quickly it has taken longer than most transfers. Also you neglect the one prime reason any deal with wenger could be done easily is that he wanted to stay and no other club hold his registeration so unlike buying a player arsenal did not have to persuade another club to agree to anything. Some of you moan for the sake of moaning. Look how long money bags man city have taken to get milner. They first bid in may. Almost a full four months despite the player wanting to join and city offering way over the odds for him, its still taken ages.

  5. Javi

    August 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I get the feeling Wenger was forced to sign this contract now to give assurance to some of the players he was trying to attract or retain at the club.

  6. Raffi

    August 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I realised this 3 years ago!!! The club will never spend big on transfers or wages. Gooners who think we will, are sadly deluded and need to wake up. Wenger always takes a gamble with his squad in believing they will come good or we go through a season with no injuries..which we know is unlikely

    The club is being run financially the right way although I have reservations on the coaching side..

  7. RGG

    August 18, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Since Gazadis arrived we certainly take a lot longer to ‘seal a deal’.

    It really does look like Arsenal’s primary concern is to spend as little as possible. With the stadium debt secure, it’s disappointing that the emphasis is still on paying peanuts rather than ensuring we sign real quality. Swartzer’s a prime example. He’s coming, not because he’s the best keeper we can buy, but because he’s cheap.

    Gazadis comes out and proudly tells us all profits will be re-invested, the bulk on playing staff. Yet here we are scratching around for a 2m pound keeper and a CB that no doubt will be a cheap nobody (enter Spahic).

    All very disappointing…..

  8. PTangYangKipperBang

    August 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Sorry but that is 1 stupid article. A person renewing his contract internally at a club he is already at is very different than signing a player from another team. Grow up and stop playing trumps. We are a team that has been built, not bought. It is critical that new signings are correct and therefore AW takes a great deal of care and consideration over them. Stop bloody moaning.

  9. admin

    August 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

    RGG – it was like this even before Gazadis turned up. Remember the long drawn out Baptista summer etc

  10. Dave

    August 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    This is all about the Emirates. Arsenal has never been in any kind of financial problem in the history of the club. When they spent the 400 million to build the Emirates we became in debt for the first time ever. The board & Wenger dont want to spend the money because they want to pay off the stadium debt as soon as possible. Whenever the stadium is paid off we have unlimited spending power.

  11. goti

    August 25, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I am a big fan of arsenal, watching arsenal from last several years….big fan of arsene wenger though… last 5 years gunners are without any silverware…..arsenal mgmt is not in good hands….as they are not giving any funds for wenger to spend…ths year arsenal’s debt is less than 100 m and half of the highbury area flats are on sale..tht means money is not a big problem for this year….even in 2009 kronke said he is ready to off the debt in certain amount but board members refused…( fearing they will
    lost the control of club)…….now arsenal already getting 3.1 m a game highest in term of match revenue
    per game…..and debt in control now…why I don’t understand arsenal is not spending ….if teams like barca and manu can spend ths much after having 300 and 700 m of debts….y can’t arsenal….cause they care more abt the glory rather than running club like business….last year arsenal was 2 players away from the trophy…1 world-class cdm and 1 world class GK…..which will cost not more than 10 m each..( which is less than sell of toure and adebayor together)…one day I will loose trust in club if they keep running club as profit minded business organisation rather than to concentrate on trophies..

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