A Transfer Policy to Save Our Club
This season has been the worse season in terms of performances in Arsene Wenger’s long reign. There are two schools of thought. “In Wenger we Trust” or “Wenger Out.”
Well there is an alternative solution to our problem, a problem whose source can be traced back to the season of the invincibles. It was agreed, primarily fro financial reasons, that Arsenal need to focus on young up and coming players at the expense of purchasing experienced players.
Over a short period this has led to players like Edu being released rather than offered a new contract, others like Pires were refused two-year contracts and moved elsewhere and have played at the top level for longer and two of our stars Henry and Vieira sold.
When we see the players brought in, they may given time become great players, but in the short term we are suffering with this new policy. Players like Fabregas, Diaby, Denilson, Bendtner would have developed better playing alongside the likes of Vieira, Edu, and Pires.
The policy of relying upon youth to prosper has clearly failed. We are no longer a feared team. Opponents know we cannot open them up, they sit back and soak up the pressure and hope to score from a rare foray. We are struggling to qualify for the Champions League and this will have dire consequences.
If we maintain our current policy, then van Persie and Walcott will see no reason in wasting their time at Arsenal, instead they will either move in the summer or let the contracts run down. Fabregas will have overtures from Real Madrid and Barcelona in the summer, and if we fail to show any change in our transfer policy he too will leave this summer.
Hill-Wood claims failure to qualify for the Champions League will not be financial Armageddon, well he is wrong.
We need to abandon our current transfer policy and splash the cash to save the club. It will require a major overhaul of the squad. The board will need to release at least £100m for Arsene to strengthen all positions and Wenger must be told in no uncertain terms that we need to change our policy and start to recruit the likes of Ribery, Podolski and Veloso. We cannot accept the excuses from Wenger that the current squad is just 2% short, we are 50% short of challenging for the title.
If the board have made a financial mistake over the Highbury Square investment, well they can dig into their own pockets and finance the disaster. They are not interested in the future of Arsenal, merely their own egos and their tax exile status. When Dein wanted external capital introduced to the club he was sacked, well now they can find the finances and release the £130m sitting in the bank for Wenger to buy new players.
Unless the club and Wenger abandon the current disastrous transfer policy we will be a club playing in a massive stadium to row upon row of empty seats, but with plenty of money in the bank, if that is what the board wants it is not what the fans want.