Liverpool spend £20m, Utd spend £17m & we spend… £1m

Today’s signings have reinforced my view that we will continue to lose ground on our rivals because of a flawed transfer strategy. How are we going to compete on the pitch if we aren’t prepared to compete off it? I’m not saying spend £50m each transfer window, but seriously, £1m on a League One rookie? If this is a sign of things to come over the next two months we can forget a top four spot next season.

As we all know 99% of transfer talk is unfounded rubbish. It’s no good getting excited about stories of Benzema, Gervinho, Hazard, Samba and Cahill because the only solid indication of a clubs’ transfer plans come when they actually sign someone. So let’s analyse today’s purchases:

  • Liverpool have paid £20m for Jordan Henderson, a full England international who’s just had an impressive Premiership season for Sunderland.
  • Man Utd have paid £17m for Phil Jones, an U21 England international who’s just had an impressive Premiership season for Blackburn.
  • Arsenal have paid £1m in compensation for Carl Jenkinson, an U21 Finland international who’s made 9 career appearances in League One for Charlton.

What does that tell you about the strategy of Wenger and – even more worryingly – the strategy of our rivals?

It beggars belief that after a season of mistakes, panic and mental weakness from some of our youngsters which cost us dear, Wenger gives us… another youngster. Did you know Arsenal had 17 youngsters out on loan last season? That is so many there’s even a separate page on Arsenal.com for our loanees! Don’t you think we are alright for young squad members Arsene? We’re going to need to add a childminder to the backroom staff if this carries on.

Carl Jenkinson signs for Arsenal

So how long until this guy is good enough for the first team? Three, four years maybe?

Chelsea and Man Utd are ahead of us, Man City have now overtaken us and Liverpool have bought some great players this year and I think will be a real force next season. So while our rivals add proven Premiership quality to their squads we continue to buy only raw youngsters or over the hill geriatrics (yes Squillaci, I’m talking about you) and I am seriously worried about a top four finish next season.

I realise the transfer window is still open for a long time, but despite all the talk about a summer of spending and adding more experience to our ranks, this is more proof that nothing will change.

Does anybody seriously expect to turn on Sky Sports News this summer and see a smiling Wenger with his arm around Benzema as he holds up an Arsenal scarf in front of a bunch of photographers? Or Scott Parker? Or anybody we’ve heard of who’s any good?

Wenger is a stubborn man and will not do a U-turn on the philosophy he has so publicly backed time after time. He will continue to try to do it with kids while our rivals overtake us and we fans will have to sit and watch in anguish as the extra 6.5% we’ve just handed to the club is put straight into the club coffers while the good Premiership players join our rivals.

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    £1m?

    arsen wenger is showing disrespect to the greatest arsenal fans and i think it is time for the fan to put the clock back by 100 years. I am telling you truly only humilition among the competitive league fans was enough for us. Why is punching our mentality? He really deserve immediate suck up.

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    Palmer

    Mate, you need to calm down. Henderson is ok, but i wouldn’t pay anywhere near 20 million for him. Thats ridiculous. Jones is a good player but 17 million is quite a lot for a young defender who has had one good season. I would much rather have Cahill. There is a long way to go…lets leave judgment till the end of the transfer market.

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      Gooner Steve

      Fair point, Henderson and Jones are very expensive and there is indeed a long way to go in the transfer window, so I am speculating.

      But the point I’m trying to make is that Wenger’s still buying cheap kids despite us having 17 youngsters out on loan already and it therefore doesn’t look like his strategy is going to change, despite our obvious lack of experience.

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    Ennyoller London

    Remember delay defeat equity. Let’s get something doing FAST, it’s only we the faithful gunners that can correct this so call “Wenger philosophy” If the board is playing on our intelligence by increasing the gate fee,comptempted with top-4(champions league spot, let’s know when we’d expect a silverware. They should do the wish of the fans that paid,pays the salary of them all.If by July nothing serious happen the we should hold a serious meeting and suck him out.”IN ARSENE WE RUST”

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    Scribe

    If you think about it though, do we want Jones or Henderson? Probably not, we’ve got Bartley, back from a very impressive season at Rangers and we’ve got Lansbury back from an equally impressive season at Norwich. Granted he didn’t get so many starts towards the end of the season, but Norwich had an excellent side, and according to City fans, he was always first of the bench. Rangers absolutley loved Bartley by the way, both young english players involved in the international set up.

    Both will be pushing for first team football next season, both will provide good competition for places in the first 11 and probably start Carling Cup games, both are worth saving £37M considering Jones and Henderson arn’t provably better then any of our first team and nor have they any more potential than Bartley or Lansbury.

    An we bid for Jones anyway, 16M according to the acurate WeAreTheNorthBank. Not really fussed we missed out on these two, young inexperianced, loads of potential, we’ve got plenty of that, not what we need at all.

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    Dean

    im not a fan of wenger’s not spending policy but has anyone considered that its the board that put him up to it because they don’t like to spend money on players that will demand high wages and are happy to let him take all the flack

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    Ram

    You forgot to mention that Wenger matched MANURE’s 16M bid for Jones, it’s just that Jones is a MANURE fan – that’s why he ended up there. Regardless, the point is that Wenger was ready to splash the cash – and that is a great sign of things to come! On your point about Carl Jenkinson, you totally missed out on the point of his signing – the news of Jenkinson’s signing was announced in our reserves section along with news of other RESERVE players signing new contracts… so obviously Jenkinson’s signing is one for the future – epsecially considering that Arsenal do not have a replacement for Sagna. Have some patience! Wenger being willing to splash 16M on Jones just foreshadows that we will be having a busy summer.

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    Dean

    someone tell him to splash the cash on falco or hulk

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