Arsenal’s board doesn’t seem too interested in the football side of the club being highly concentrated on earning money. So it seems that they are looking to make money through the club’s cash profits even if that means disrespecting Arsenal’s amazing history and using players who are clearly below the levels those from Henry’s generation would have needed to be.
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood said: “We are proud of Arsenal’s record and consistency over many seasons and have the foundations in place, at every level of the club, to ensure we remain a force in the seasons ahead.”
Gazidis seems to be a bit more interested in how the Gunners are going to perform on the pitch too, but not too much.
“It’s important to acknowledge that the most important thing for this football club, the most important thing for our fans, and the most important thing for the board and the people that work at the club is how we do on the pitch.
“We have a healthy cash balance of £115 million for the half year.
“But it’s important to understand that not all that money’s available to invest in transfers.
“We have running costs of the club, player salaries and so on, so that amount goes down during the year.
“We also have to keep something in reserve in case things don’t go our way.
“There is money available, we don’t talk about an exact figure – and there’s a very good reason why we don’t put an exact figure on that – because it would impact on our negotiating position.
“We have to invest efficiently, we have to invest sensibly.”
So if you were expecting a busy summer with loads of top quality transfers, if you wanted Arsenal to win trophies next year or simply see top players brought in than you have to face the reality. It wasn’t Wenger applying this suicidal policy all along.
If you ever wanted to know why the likes of Clichy, Fabregas, Nasri and many others were let go you can now find that out.