Arsenal is Not Spending: The Writing is on the Wall

Gazidis: “There’s enough money Arsene”,. Wenger: “YOUDUNMEANIT -___-“

Just a few weeks ago, there was a Q and A session that was held with Arsenal’s Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, and if my memory serves me right, the orator blew his trumpet about how the club was beginning to reach the upper echelons in flexing its financial muscles, as the club has always been on spotlight for its thrifty nature in the transfer market.

He boldly spoke about the club’s transfers, competing with the juggernauts of European football, winning trophies, changing the wage structure, Arsene Wenger’s future and the whole nine yards.

A faction of the Arsenal faithful were elated and had a renewed sense of optimism while another faction took it with a pinch of salt, believing that Arsenal was never going to change. If I tell that I was part of the latter lot, I’m one hell of a liar.

The media Vultures delved into this bit and published a million and one articles linking Arsenal with some top quality players, which made the fans drool faster than a dog expecting its next meal. The days of waiting turned into weeks and the Asian Tour became a welcome distraction as waiting for a transfer to happen at Arsenal was no different from waiting for Marouane Chamakh to score a goal.

Speaking of goals, Arsenal’s forwards have definitely found their scoring boots in the Asia Tour with Olivier Giroud leading the pack with an impressive five goals in two games, albeit against weaker opposition, as all his haters have been quick to point out. The youngster, Chuba Akpom, has been in fine form as well, with Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and the Ox all getting in on the goalscoring acts.

With this probably in mind, Arsene Wenger has had deep thoughts and he believes that he’s ready to stick with his current crop of players. According to Goal, Arsene Wenger has hinted the expectant Arsenal fans that no new signing will be coming anytime soon,

“The competition in Europe is very hard at the moment, there’s a lot of money and not many players. We work hard but we are not close to signing anybody.”

Well, as gutted as these quotes from the boss makes me feel, it’s not as if he and the Arsenal hierarchy didn’t try to delve into the transfer market this summer. It’s not as if it’s a grocery store at the end of a street where you can go and any point in time to pick what you want.

There was a period when the buzz around Gonzalo Higuain was so much that Arsenal fans couldn’t even hear the buzz of real honey bees. The player wanted out, it was believed that Arsenal made a bid, but Real Madrid got greedy.

Higuain checked all the boxes for the kind of striker Arsenal fans craved;

  • Handsome
  • Technically proficient
  • Would blend into the team
  • Scores goals for fun
  • Scores more goals for fun

With Arsenal not coming close to Real Madrid’s evaluation for the player, the Higuain flames started dousing till there was nothing left to even start a new fire. Out of the blue, the player reveals that Chelsea wants him, while Napoli intends to use him as a replacement for the departed Edinson Cavani, and like Arsenal, they also have loads of money in the bank.

Then of course, there was the story about an audacious £30 million bid for Luis Suarez that was rejected by Liverpool. The thoughts of a player like Suarez joining Arsenal has come with mixed opinions but from my research I’ve found out that a considerable chunk of Arsenal fans don’t want to see the Uruguayan wear the sacred Red and White because of the excess baggage he carries.

Suarez’s talent is undoubted in the world of football but his diving theatrics, row with the English Press, racism incident with Patrice Evra and of course, the world-famous biting chronicles makes him one hell of an enigma. I’ve done my bit on him and this interesting piece by @Omomo14 on Arsenal Vision (a pro-Suarez Gooner) cited more reasons than one why Suarez would be a perfect fit for Arsenal. However, Liverpool’s gaffer, Brendan Rodgers, has told Arsenal to @#&$ off, putting it mildly.

Somewhere in Florence, a young Montenegrin is about to join Manchester City, and he has even voiced his opinions why he chose the Etihad as his new destination. Trust me, he didn’t say anything about money and I believe him. -_______-

So much focus has gone into looking for that striker of life for Arsenal and everyone has neglected the fact that there are still some key strategic positions that are in dire need of reinforcements. According to Goal, Arsenal’s skipper, Thomas Vermaelen, will be out for three months with a stress fracture in his back, but there has been no talk of a new defender coming in.

Instead, the boss has been busy trying Bacary Sagna and Chuks Aneke in center back positions during the Tour.

With age and fatigue slowly creeping in on Mikel Arteta, the Gunners folded their arms as Asier Illarramendi joined Real Madrid. The Guardian reported that the Gunners also had an £18.5 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender rejected.

To mitigate any potential loss for Mikel Arteta, the boss continues to try out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the middle. Optimization at its best.

Arsenal’s first Premier League match against Aston Villa is just a month away but there has been no real transfer activity into the team with the exception of a young injury-prone forward that joined as a free agent. Meanwhile, the Arsenal hierarchy is very busy clearing out its deadwood.

Dear Arsenal fans, even if we continue to hope (in futility), I hate to break this down to you but Arsenal is not spending anytime soon, as the manager had clearly stated.

The writing is on the effin’ wall.


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About enigma106

An Arsenal fan with a good sense of humor

Posted on July 19, 2013, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Transfer Gossip and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. So it’s more of the same and another frustrated season ahead – even the much vaunted fourth place looks doubtful at this stage, and from my lowly position the clubs we surpassed last year are even more determined to out do us.
    BUT my main reason for post is really this:-
    Just in case any other Gooner should offer a similar opinion within certain online debates the comments you levelled at Luis Suarez are totally unacceptable as far as the BBC are concerned – it is (apparently) wrong and unjust to to refer to his cheating, or to his proven racism. Not as wrong, I would suggest, as the day when (and of course the big if) the cheating racist ever gets a chance to pull on a Goooner shirt.

    Keep up the good work


    • Suarez is a very good player but he could use Arsenal as a stepping stone to probably a club like Real Madrid. I’m not comfy with that

  2. arsenal_steve

    It’s now time for Arsenal fans to realise there is something wrong at the Emirates. The club I love Arsenal are in trouble. No not relegation trouble. The club has been hijacked. Wenger, Gazidis, the geriatric board, the club collector owner and the whole setup do not care about glory, about being the best football team. Watching City, Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, and even Sunderland and Norwich refresh their teams makes me realise the club has a ‘mental health problem’. Wenger is deluded. Without some quality signings it would not take long for ‘the stupid one’ to realise his delusions. As a club we are gripped by “Ordinaryness”. We are so bloody ordinary! It really is time for fans to boycott a game en mass to give the club a wake up call. Wenger’s OCD over money is killing this club.

  3. Gooner4life,

    Well i might be a gooner4life…………but totally from a distance now.The board cannot even or don’t know how to conduct player purchases!.The writing was on the wall with Higuain and RM in moving the price goalposts,LFC Rodgers stating £55m,well Rodgers 40mil we’ll trigger his contract and if suraez is happy to go and Rodgers blocks it well Rodgers and LFC this guy will be even more of a nightmare,he WON’T play for LFC with any passion!!,

    Back to the AFC b
    he wants champions league football he will go AWOL LFC take stock,also LFC you are fallen giants premiership table reflects.
    Back to the AFC board, where is the contigency

  4. Gooner4life,

    Sorry peeps the website had a hissy fit, mean’t to say is that where is the contigency at the club,if no higuain,suraz, AFC should of gone for Jovetic,benteke straight away!! Its obvious that kroenke and the board cannot manage multi-tasking plus what the FUCK are both wenger and kroenke doing in Asia.
    FANS FANS we have to vote with our feet, boycott emirated or cup or start BIG protests there! its becoming or wenger and the board are untenable

    • I admire your passion Gooner4Life, but this is the situation we find ourselves in.

      The only person that can change this is Arsene Wenger and he’s not ready to make those bold moves expected of him

    • arsenal-steve

      Hi Gooner4life
      You are so right! WHY are Wenger and Gazidis both in Asia. Gazidis, probably, to count the future money Asian fans will put in Kroenke’s pocket. Without having someone travelling the world, chasing players, making them feel wanted, like a courship dance, how will any player want to come to this club. Get of your Arse Arsene and personally buy your players. Chase them.

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