Arsenal have 99 problems but Money isn’t one


We are almost 7 weeks into the transfer window (not 11 days as some Gooners think*) and we have signed 1 player on a free contract meanwhile other clubs including our rivals are making signings all around us. In a summer where Wenger and the board were meant to be making moves to strengthen up the squad and enable us to compete for a trophy it is simply not good enough that we fly out to Vietnam on pre-season with no new additions to the first team other than an injury prone postie.

For a team who have made it clear that they have a £70m transfer budget available they are really taking their time in getting players signed when we are in desperate need of squad members at least. Since the end of the season players like Navas, Falcao, Tevez, Gomez, Wayanama etc have all been signed within a week of negotiating deals and instead we have to settle for the realisation that when it comes to transfers we are absolutely inept at tying up a deal and it normally comes down to finances. Whether you blame Wenger, Gazidis or Kroenke it still doesn’t make it easier to endure the embarrassment that our transfer policy emits and there is no excuse whatsoever if we haven’t signed anyone in the next 53 days and with Kroenke and Gazidis both insisting funds need to be spent that only leaves Wenger to blame and rightly so in my opinion.

Wenger is a very clever man, that economics degree has worked wonders for the club in the past and the money genius does deserve praise for the fact that our club is financially stable and will be for a while. Although I can agree this bodes well for the future it is clear we have sacrificed the present moment to plan for a future that doesn’t exist yet and this worries me, if we wanted an amazing accountant as our team manager then this was a great success but I think we all wanted a manager whose sole focus was football and Wenger hasn’t managed that. It has become clear that despite his immense intelligence Arsene can’t do both jobs, he has to choose between finance and football and then focus on that.

I personally think that when it comes down to the end of this transfer window people will really start to see that Wenger is likely to be at fault if we have lost out on players like Fellaini and Rooney for the sake of a couple of million pounds, it will be the Mata story repeated. I think Le boss has forgotten that it isn’t actually his money, it is the club’s and the fans money, we deserve to have a say on how it is spent and opinion on why we aren’t signing world class players.

Wenger gets £7.5 million a year for the (dis)pleasure of being our manager, that is wages of £150k a week. How on earth can he justify not breaking his wage structure of 100k a week to bring in good players when he accepts wages that are higher than any of our players. In this modern day football is more money based and as a result you have to pay more in wages and fees and as with any business you have to speculate to accumulate.

Another frustrating summer pans out and everyone else in the league continue to strengthen their teams and we sit and wait in the hope for a miracle but they don’t seem to come our way much at the moment. I am hoping that Arsenal sign some players by September or we really will be in trouble.

As always thanks for reading 🙂




  1. admin

    July 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Nice write up Niki. Spot on and 100% agree with you

  2. Hanibal

    July 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I like it. this note express my feeling very well!!!!!!!!! what is going on in Arsenal home?? what the manager is doing? is there anybody who can tell me what wenger is doing?

  3. Abel mukoto

    July 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Very true, in wenger we rust

  4. bc

    July 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I feel your pain man as much as anyone, however, just because you don’t buy all your shopping on the first day of the sale doesn’t not mean you won’t buy some quality and also it does not mean missing out on the bargains. There has been hardly any top quality signings, 1 at chelsea, 2 at man city, 1 at spurs. United have spent £15m on a 20 year old unproven in the EPL we have spent £450k on a 20 year old unproven in the EPL. What is to say that their signing is any better than ours? We were never in for cavani falcao or neymar whilst the next best strikers higuain suarez lewandowski are all still at their clubs. I cannot recall any top keepers apart from liverpools new reserve keeper to have changed clubs whilst I cannot think of any top centre backs DM’s or RB’s to have changed clubs either. As for wanyama, he still hasn’t signed his deal and anyone who comes from the SPL is more of a risk than signing someone from ligue 2 in france. As you say there is 50 odd days to go in this window and as santi cazorla last year and mikel arteta the year before have proved you can get some top quality at the end of the sales.

  5. twisted

    July 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    your sentiment is spot on.

    I am absolutely certain we will sign some players before the transfer window slams shut. Of what quality I don’t know. I dearly hope Higuain is a genuine target and he signs because that is the type of player the world’s 4th/5th richest club should be attracting.

    Wenger’s biggest problem is whether he can persuade the likes of Higuain to sign for us.

    Come 1st of September we will know if top players want to sign for us or not.

    If they don’t come it is totally Wengers fault

  6. John

    July 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I think you should give Arsenal a ring and tell them how the transfer market works and how they should do their negotiations. You clearly know an awful lot about running a football club. Hey, with a bit of luck you’ll be taking over from Wenger before the season starts.
    If they don’t listen, just organise another bin bag protest, that’ll tell ’em!!

  7. dayo kalejaiye

    July 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    The trio of Wenger,Kroenke and Gazidis should be blamed for the dormant state of transfers in the club.To me,Arsenal ‘ll nt win any major trophy under Wenger again until they hands off.It’s a pity that Arsenal is no more ambitious like their hey days.Fans of this club should expect more woeful seasons ahead except the change comes.

  8. tomiwa

    July 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Acepted,but all not on player like felaini & suarez & higuin,can that greedy man buy suarez?

  9. Roberts

    July 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Can you guys just stop making excuses for AW please.. I’m still yet to get over the final day mad dash Arsenal did two seasons ago.. Thatz y we are laboured with someone lyk park chu young or ji dong wong (I can’t figure which is which) we need to stop encouraging the manager’s procrastination and tight handedness that has seen us lose players like mata, hazard, nd probably jovetic now that were once within our grasp. Arsenal’s inactivity in d transfer window is driving me crazy, I feel like pulling my hair out. We need two TOP strikers, a new winger (gervinho out), a top dm nd a new cb plus a gk.. Wen is AW gon’ complete all this deals nd steal have time to blend in d new players b4 the season starts?? I just pray we don’t do anoda deadline day dash, else we might have someone lyk flamini (saying it makes me nauseous) playing for us cum the new season.

  10. Bisi

    July 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Gr8 topic.i most say. See this man is nothing but a politician. Wenger just to destroy arsenal b4 he run to psg. How on earth some1 wil be saying putting huge money on player is not good and his collecting huge money to his pocket we are not fool. But some fool we be here now crying in arsene we trust leave him he knows what is doing fools. Wenger have lost it since if team like swease, saint, norwish , caldiff. Can be buying 12m. 15m 18m. Single player. wenger are nothing but a disgrace to epl and arsenal fc as far as am consign. Can anybody tells me wish big club wil like to sell his players the way wenger and board do? Madrid don’t like to sell to us but we buy ours with false. But if wenger insist that this player is not going nobody in arsenal board wil so no. If rvp where man U. Player fergusi wil not allow him to go he wul radar routing in bench than to go to his rifer. So i pray wenger shul go nest season arsenal wil back on good shape after he left. Shameless man

  11. nazir shakara ahmed

    July 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    well wenger has try for the club in the past couple of years, and i think is the right time for him to try somewere else. because we need new experience coach and experience players. sir alex has done the right thing arsen should coppy that please. i every season in nigeria we loose about 5percent of our surporters just because arsenal lack ambition. please board members should do something before something do us

  12. Rson

    July 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Arsenal’s fan have kept mute and burning anger for long, i think is time for wenger to choose either club’s financial consultant or coaching job! Enough of this rubbish deceiptism from wenger!!!

  13. princenizzy

    July 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    All of you are right but the only problem is that which star players wants too go to a team that’s not come 2 champions league next season. Every body is fear including the gunners players and fans. But all I no is that ansene wenger is going to sign a good player before the transfer windows closes. GUNNERS 4 LIFE

  14. Aneke frank

    July 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    We all saw what our team did towards the end of last season; the most important thing for me is that we don’t lose our key players. Left for me, we don’t need big names but rather a formidable team.

  15. Emmanuel

    July 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Can we just stop getting worked up as we will definitely sign players unless Wenger is stupid and I don’t think he is.

  16. Emmanuel Moses

    July 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Let’s just pray all our players remain fit this season

  17. emmanuel moses

    July 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    One thing I want all Arsenal fans to realize is that not all players linked to Arsenal are actually Arsenal-bound and sometimes or do I say most times, Arsene has never even spoken to them. If you guys had read Jenkinson’s interview, you would understand that even the players don’t give a damn about what was written on the pages of the newspapers as they are just using clubs to sell their papers and putting fans and the board at loggerheads. Please, let’s be careful the way we react to all these speculations so we don’t say wrong things about our beloved manager and players. Arsene knows what he is doing and I’m sure he will bring in players that can only improve this team if not, he won’t allow most of the fringe players to leave if he is not making room for incoming players. Please let’s ignore some of the things we read and focus on the team we have until we see anybody come in.

  18. oye

    July 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    True talk Niki,
    The board and the manager should shouting we’ve money when we can spend it.
    Imagine SPUR signed polinho and we are callong solongo

  19. Jacob Ezekiel Agum (JP)

    July 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I’m 100% behind you. Arsenal management should established manufacture industry for Arsene Wenger to manage & appoint new manager for Arsenal football club. The bid for Higuain & Lois made by Wenger is just eye service. If wenger do not sign atleast 2 world classic players in the next 2 weeks, he will end up singning unuseful players on free transfer. Wenger is a big failure

  20. Sani

    July 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    We tired of delay policies of mr wenger.

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