Here we go again. I’m now more convinced than ever that no big signings will be made despite all the promises from Wenger, Gazidis and Hill-Wood that we’d be prominent players in the transfer market. Our main involvement in this summer’s market will be selling Fabregas, Nasri and Clichy.
Here is Wenger’s latest
excuse reason for not spending the millions Arsenal have at their disposal:
“When you see all the fees around you become dizzy. We do what we want and we look first at the quality of the player and after if we have the money we spend it.”
The key phrase there is “we do what we want,” effectively saying he refuses to pay the going rate for a quality player because he thinks transfer fees are too high nowadays. I have just run his quote through my Wenger Bullshit-o-meter and the English translation is: “The transfer market is inflated so I prefer to live in the 1990s and refuse to pay the current market value for any top quality players, even if we desperately need them to stay in the top four.”
So forget Cahill, Jagielka or Samba. They are all valued at £15m – £20m in today’s market but Wenger has decided they should be worth £10m – £12m (as highlighted by his laughable bid for Jagielka last week) so that’s all he will pay. Which means he won’t sign them and we’ll end up with a nobody centre back from the Norwegian third division for £5m.
The irony is he’s happy to charge Barcelona market value for Fabregas, demanding £40m, but he won’t fork out the going rate to other clubs for new signings. What a hypocrite!
"£17m for Cahill? No, I won't pay it, you can't make me"
Wenger doesn’t understand that you have to join in or get left behind. Look at Liverpool’s dealings in January. If you found out they’d bought Andy Carroll for £35m you’d be rightly incredulous – £35m for a raw hothead with half a good season behind him? King Kenny has gone mad! Yet when you put it into the context of their overall transfer strategy of selling Torres for £50m and buying Suarez for £25m, the picture is different. In effect Liverpool spent £10m plus Torres for Carroll and Suarez. I think that’s excellent business, getting rid of an unhappy, off form striker and bringing in two hungry forwards who have proved in just six months they will get plenty of goals next season.
Yet if Wenger was in charge of Liverpool, he’d have taken the £50m for Torres, complained that Carroll and Suarez were too expensive and entrusted David Ngog to replace Torres, saying how much he believed in Ngog and what a great player he is.
On the flip side if Dalglish was in charge of Arsenal this summer I reckon he’d take £35m for Fabregas and buy Cahill for £17m and Parker for £10m. A net profit of £8m with the addition of two quality players in problem positions for us that Wenger has overlooked for years. Wenger wouldn’t do that though because he doesn’t pay big for anyone over 30 and probably rates Cahill at around £10m.
I fear Wenger’s short-sightedness and stubborn refusal to join the real world and get involved at the top end of the transfer market will cost us dear next season, because our rivals play the game and spend big to strengthen their squads while Wenger moans and dithers on the sidelines.
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