Captain Thinking of Leaving – Debts Hamper Transfer Activity – No Silverware
When we look around the Premier League I see a different picture from that portrayed by the media.
The media is obsessed with Arsenal’s lack of transfer activity and that pressure is building on Wenger to deliver silverware this season.
What the media fails to recognise is that most of Arsenal’s activity this summer has been aimed at securing contract extensions of key players, namely van Persie, Walcott, Gibbs, Ramsey, Fabianski and Wilshere. In addition to these players, I imagine that something is happening in relation to either Gallas or Toure behind the scenes. Securing these signings is as important as bringing in new players. Furthermore, we hope to see Eduardo and Rosicky make invaluable contributions in the forthcoming season.
These facts are swept under the carpet by everyone as irrelevant. The other fact that has been ignored by the media is that none of our main players has left the club or has demanded a transfer.
Let us now look at our “rivals”.
Manchester United have lost not one, but two influential players in Ronaldo and Tevez. Who have United replaced them with? Michael Owen (free transfer), Valencia £16m and Obertan £3m. People are saying that united are preparing a big signing, but I do not see this materialising. What appears to have happened is that the £80m transfer fee for Ronaldo has been used by the club to pay the instalment payments on Carrick, Hargreaves, Nani and Anderson.
The media would not dare say that United do not have the funds to buy players, but by the end of August you will see that United have had to reign back the expenditure as the Glazier debt starts to bite them hard.
Down the East Lancs. Road we find Liverpool and the most irresponsible manager in the league. Having squandered a small fortune last summer on several players, notably Robbie Keane, the Spaniard is not happy yet again. He has spent £18.5m on Glenn Johnson and is now skint!
One thing that Benitez has managed to do is hoodwink the press, in his time at Liverpool they have won the FA Cup and Champions League (both on penalties), yet nobody is saying that Benitez is under pressure to deliver silverware. This man has outspent Arsenal and Chelsea over the last 5 years, yet he has delivered tow trophies on penalty shoot outs.
Benitez is struggling to keep Alonso and Maschareno at Anfield and has resorted to emotional blackmail to keep them, something that worked with Gerrard but will not work with these guys.
At Chelsea they are still planning on breaking even by the end of next season. There is as much chance of that happening as there is of Tottenham winning the league. Chelsea has shown their intentions by signing three players, two on free transfers and the other a Russian international, all before Ancellotti started work. So at least we know that the manager has little say in who he signs at Chelsea. Meanwhile, it looks like Terry wants another pay increase to stay at the club or he will run to Eastlands and join the Manchester City Arabian revolution.
When you see what is happening at other clubs, we have had a relatively easy summer, but the press will not have any of it, until Wenger brings in a big money signing they will always be on his back and ignore the mess at the other big clubs.
Wenger will bring in one or two more players this summer, but the most important thing is the stability of the squad.