The Mirror ran a story today (12 April) that Arsenal are planning to splurge a whopping £200m this summer.
- Warchest story sounds remarkably like Gazidis briefing
- Wenger set to stay but will he spend?
- Alexis and Ozil could go in order to free up £100m of extra cash according to Mirror
Arsenal lose 3-0 to Crystal Palace on Monday. Right on cue, on Wednesday, there’s a story about how much the Gunners are going to fork out for players X, Y and Z in order to, and I quote, “prepare for the biggest revolution of his (Wenger’s) 21-year reign.”
Even if Arsene Wenger stays, which he probably will, claims John Cross from the Mirror, this warchest is still there and it will be spent.
Where have we heard this before?
Whenever there’s fan unrest, it seems that someone from the club, most likely Ivan Gazidis, trots out the same story about spending massive amounts this summer, overhauling the staff etc etc. It’s supposed to, I imagine, placate the fans and, more importantly, keep them attending games, but the majority now find it exasperating.
When fans say they want transparency, this isn’t what they mean.
Just after the 3-1 loss away to West Brom, the reports regarding Wenger overhauling the club beyond recognition, such as this piece by the Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson, began to get churned out.
Cross’ report says that, on top of £100m the club are willing to give Wenger for new signings, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could be off and their transfer fee will go towards buying other players. Somehow, I fail to see the logic in this. How will selling your best two players just to buy new ones help in any way?
What’s more is that he says we’re going to sell a host of other players, including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud, Lucas Perez and Jack Wilshere.
Of course, I could be wrong. It could just be a story, made up or not, and not a briefing. Alternatively, it could be a briefing, just not from Gazidis. We’ll probably never know.
However, expect more reports of overhauls, shake-ups, Wenger staying and warchests over the next few weeks.