There was a pretty big Q & A meeting yesterday – no not that pompous ass – chief exec Ivan Gazidis met with an Arsenal Supporters Trust to discuss the current state of the club and the plans going forward. These sessions – while rarely informative of much apart from continuing the party line – do display an attitude to keep in touch with the fans. It’s something other clubs could learn from – even if it does only serve to humour us. Anyway, while the newly proclaimed ‘Happy One’ was showing off just how happy he is in the most forthcoming of ways (telling everyone he’s definitely happy), Gazidis was busy speaking to fans about our transfer targets this summer, and admitting that the club’s approach in recent years hasn’t been good enough.
“Arsene is not scared to spend money but he has to believe they are top-class players who will add to the squad. Can I guarantee he will spend all of the money available to him? That depends on the talent. Arsene has done an outstanding job to make sure Arsenal stay in the mix with the top teams – not where we want to be, but in the mix – on a relatively limited budget.”
While it’s extremely encouraging to hear our Chief Exec speak so openly about the fantastic job Wenger has done to keep us at the level we’ve found ourselves at in recent years, it’s just not enough. In 2010, the future was bright and we had enough transfer funds to compete with the big boys, according to Ivan at the time. In 2011, Gazidis said that we had plenty of money and we wouldn’t be afraid to spend it during the summer. In 2012, we were told the money was there to be spent. It is an unfortunate and discouraging pattern, but one that I sincerely hope we are finally going to break.
“We have been consistent, in that we haven’t slid backwards or gone forwards. Now we need to go forwards. It is not enough to watch a video of a last-minute scramble to get over the line and into fourth place.”
The message is right – the problem is the messenger. Unfortunately, it just sounds an awful lot like a cry of wolf. The difference this year is that our money has jumped – substantially. The club have put the entirety of their faith in Wenger and gambled hugely that he could keep us top 4 on a tiny budget. The gamble has just about paid off – we’re still here. Now it’s time to double down and really let Arsene show us what he can do with money to spend. We’re never going to compete with the mega-rich clubs of this world, but frankly I’m glad that we’re not signing 28 year old Brazilians with 5 caps for £34 million pounds. Ridiculous money, and I don’t want us to be that club. I do want us to invest substantially, yet smartly. I do want us to back Arsene with these funds we’ve been talking about for years.
I want to see Arsenal competing again.
7 thoughts on “Gazidis – Arsenal will only buy top class players”
Ok we Will see
Yes it would be a nice change.
let us try to buy players that has names…… Not ordinary player…… We are almost tired since 2005 we lift throphy last
If you’re referring to ManCitys new Brazilian signing…you’re wide of the mark.
Their new signing Fernandinho-TOP CLASS
Arsenal have already admitted we won’t compete for top players
Of course….that is what we have been doing for all these years…..just ask Chamakh
This is the same story we hear all season.we fans are not interested in what he say but all we want are quality players because other club have started signing player.what you only hear about arsenal is “arsenal are closing in,in talk,stun,link and chasing”.but at the end nothing happen.
My how time run fast. Its been some time since Fabregas was a boy with chubby cheeks at the age of 16 being thrown in the deep end against Bayern Munich. It was really edifying when I saw Fabregas tackle Ballack who went down like he’s been shot. The boy went over and gave him a verbal. I was in a pub drinking with a mate and we looked at each other as if to admit that our boy has bottle or cojones if you want. When he was sold to Barca Wenger kept hope saying he can come back if he wants something the boy appeared to scoff at in an interview in the TIMES but you and I know the British media is Man Utd supporters so anything can be twisted to appear as though Wenger is deluded. If my memory serves me right the same reservations were expressed when EPL ended in 2003 and Wenger uttered a wish to go a season undefeated which was mocked by Fergusson. A season later Invincibles were a
reality and went 49 games undeated. Is it time for Wenger to say ” I told ytou so”?