Another window has come and gone, and another profit has been made at the helm of Arsenal FC. Roughly 1.5m profit in transfer fees, plus all the loaned out players whose wages won’t need to be paid by us. More money saved.
But at least ticket prices aren’t completely unjust giving our competitiveness in competitions and on the transfer stage. We charge the highest prices for tickets in the league, one of the highest in Europe.
I’ve noticed a trend as well. We’re told that we’ll compete for major honours, that we’ll be buying in the transfer market and our best players will stay. Season ticket and membership renewal deadlines then come pretty early on. Shortly after, our best players are sold. Last year it was Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas – we were told by Wenger himself he was sure they’d stay. This year Song and RVP, a similar story. And we nearly lost Theo as well.
With regards to RVP, he held a discussion with Gazidis and Wenger before the Euros, sometime in late May. This is where Arsenal gave him the best offer they could. £5m up front signing in fee, £130,000 a week. But RVP wanted players being brought in, such as the ones that were – however we didn’t know at the time these were the replacements. RVP had already confidentially told the club he wanted to leave. It was agreed that they would wait until after the Euros as somewhat of gentlemans agreements, which was mutually beneficial. My theory is that this was beneficial to Arsenal as it meant they could get all renewals and investments into the Asian Tour in okay without hassle or questions being raised. The board wouldn’t have bought as they did if it wasn’t for his depature and that’s the harsh reality.
More facts for you. We signed less players than any other club. 3. Everyone else was at least 4 or more. We sold 4 players, loaned at 3 ‘first team’ players + youth players as expected and released 6 players including Almunia. Kroenke puts 0 investment into the club, but he can take whatever he pleases out of it as he owns the majority? Over the past 5 years we have made over a £20m profit in the transfer department, buying more than we’ve sold – suggesting something about quality.
We were a team that won the league 8 years ago, as invincible, the BEST that ever was. How it can be so easy for some fans to accept what’s happening to the club and the direction we’re taking?
I love the club uncondtionally and will support fully til the day I die like most fans. I’m also all for not spending loads like City and Chelsea, but something is obviously not right at the club?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be there every step of the way supporting Arsenal but these are the harsh facts, make what you will of them.