Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, says that he has no plans to spend big despite the fact that his club have just announced record profits. Arsenal could spend up to £80 million on players if they needed the money in a very short time frame.
However, Wenger appears to be sticking to his guns and will not sway from his philosophy that pace and youth is the way forward. If you go and ask any Arsenal fan in the country what the one thing they dislike about their manager is, they will all say his reluctance to spend money.
Even more will tell you that this reluctance to spend money is the very thing that has held the club back from winning big trophies in the last few seasons. Even one or two of the Arsenal players, Andrey Arshavin and Robin Van Persie, have said that they wish their manager would spend more to bring in more quality.
Consistency seems to be the main problem for Arsenal. Against fringe teams in both the Premier League and Europe they are very good but once the opposition increases in quality, they are sometimes found lacking in many areas.
Wenger said: “There is money to spend but at the moment I am very happy with the squad I have. It’s not because I’m against spending money; I have nothing against spending money. It is not a personal thing, it is just that I have a squad that is strong enough to compete.”
“I do not spend money because out of tomorrow’s squad is [Samir] Nasri, [Theo] Walcott, [Nicklas] Bendtner. And people want me to buy strikers, but where do I put them? I don’t know. I have to then lose players who, for me, are world class.”
Arsenal’s Chief Executive added: “We anticipate it is likely we will make a profit out of that [Highbury Square] development, which will then be available to the football side. Exactly what the profit will be, and when it will be realised, will depend on the strength of the property market.”
So the current squad at Arsenal will be the one that wins any thing within the next two or three season, maybe with the odd addition but there should not be any expectations for expensive signings.
Wenger has never spent big money on a player and although he says that this is not against his nature, the fact is that he’s never forked out £30 million for anyone and instead likes to settle for a nice profit when he does eventually sell players on.