By: Guest Writer.
When did Arsenal last win a trophy? Yes that’s correct an FA Cup in 2005 – 7 years ago.
In Arsene Wenger we trust is the cry from the Emirates library faithful. Yet can the 2nd longest serving English Premiership manager survive the murmurs of discontent with his ineptitude, diligence in strict fiscal control in balancing the north London’s clubs accounts.
Having sold their top goal scorer of last season Robin van Persie to a domestic rival along with want – away Alex Song to Barcelona for a combined fee of £ 37 million is this blatant mismanagement by Arsene Wenger?
With a net spend during the summer transfer window of + £300 thousand. Replacing Robin van Persie with Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud both talented strikers’s no doubt as their record at Cologne and Montpellier confirms. Is it enough to replace what they have lost in Robin van Persie scoring 40.54 % of Arsenal’s goals last season? Registering 58 % of his attempts on target for the Gunner’s last term. Early indications after three games for the Gunner’s suggest the German and Frenchman are going to take time to settle into a new club, the English Premiership.
Arsenal’s opening games against Sunderland, Stoke and Liverpool have netted only twice, both against Liverpool at Anfield. However neither Sunderland nor Stoke are considered title challengers. Robin van Persie scoring alone double the amount of goals as his previous team scored, in a mere 203 minutes playing time:
Season 11/ 12 Arsenal sold Cesc Fabregas to boyhood club Barcelona for £35 million.
Season 11/12 Arsenal sold Samir Nasri to domestic rival Manchester City for £22 million.
Season 11/12 Arsenal had a net spend of < £ 17. 55 million > that’s minus, negative!
Season 9/10 Arsenal sold Emmanuel Adebayor to a domestic rival Manchester City for a fee of £25 million
Season 9/10 Arsenal sold Kolo Toure to a domestic rival Manchester City for a fee of £16 million.
Season 9/10 Arsenal had a net transfer spend of < £ 31 .0 million > that’s minus negative!
For balance and perspective to displays Arsenal’s frugality in the transfer market, the rigid determination of fiscal control. The figures for all clubs in spending for the Summer 2012/13 transfer window:
1. Chelsea £79.5 millions. All figures millions unless indicated.
2. Manchester United £ 41.1
3. Manchester City £ 31.0
4. Southampton £28.5
5. Aston Villa £21.7
6. Liverpool £ 20.3
7. West Ham £ 18.5
8. QPR £ 16.6
9. Stoke £ 15.1
10. Sunderland £ 12.5
11. Norwich £ 9.0
12. Reading £ 4.6
13. Newcastle £ 3.1
14. West Brom £ 1.5
15. Arsenal £ 300 k
16. Wigan £< 1.9 >
17. Everton £< 4.5 >
18. Tottenham £ <5.8 >
19. Swansea £ <6.45 >
20. Fulham £ <10.5 >
Arsenal fans have quickly turned on a player in Robin van Persie in wishing him harm at Manchester United after the alleged injury he suffered in the recent Holland international game. Some familiar quotes from the Gunner’s “I hope he breaks a leg”.
Do they not appreciate without the Dutchman efforts, Arsenal would not have been in Champions league spot and there – for unlikely to attract top players to their club. Like Podolski, Giroud and Santi Carzola. Plus the obvious financial benefits in achieving a Champions league spot, which for an Arsenal devoid of van Persie has been made significantly more difficult.
Holland boss Louis van Gaal quoted after the Dutch international match “We took Robin off just as a precautionary measure”
Some other interesting Robin van Persie facts:
1. The Dutchman’s favourite films. Scarface, Godfather, City of God.
2. Second favourite sport, Table Tennis.
3. When signed from Feyenoord in May 2004 he cost Arsenal, £ 2.75 million.
4. Where Robin van Persies injuries occurred during his Arsenal time:
(1) 8 Ankle Injuries.
(2) 5 Knee Injuries
(3) 1 Hip Injury
(4) 4 Thigh Injuries
(5) 2 Hamstring Injuries
(6) 2 Groin Injuries
Some other players to have played for both Manchester United and Arsenal:
1. George Graham
2. Brian Kidd
3. Frank Stapleton
4. Andy Cole
5. Viv Anderson
6. Mikael Silvestre.
This can be good or bad, Arsene Wenger claims he’s had no contact with Arsenal chief executive Ivan gazidis about a new contract. Reports in Thursday morning papers suggested the Gunners boss was set to agree a new deal at the club, despite seven years with out a trophy.
But speaking ahead of Arsenal’s match against Southampton on Saturday, the 62 year old admits he has heard nothing and would have to consider his future at the club if results don’t go his way this season.
“I have to consider whether I do well or not .If I don’t do well then I have to consider my future “ Wenger casting doubt over his Arsenal future?
On other news, do other United bloggers know that the summer 2012/13 transfer window is closed shut!
Yet still the conveyor built of spurious names linked to Manchester United and it’s only early September for possible transfer to Manchester United in the 2013 January transfer.
How many occasions in the last 6 years have Manchester United purchased a first team squad player in the January transfer window? 3 times can you name them?
You can understand why Sir Alex Ferguson , may well be smiling laughing at Arsenal and Saturday the 3rd of November has now even more spice added to the lunchtime kick off!