Arsenal’s £100m summer.

One of the Arsenal board members demonstrated the effect paying Wayne Rooney’s wages would have on the club.

Good evening everyone.

Ordinarily, I don’t care to publish words other than my own. I can be a picky so-and-so. Today, I thought I’d change that and bring you a guest post written by Andre Smith:

With rumours going around of a transfer budget close to £100 million, Arsenal fans have every right to be excited for the 2013/14 season. The fact they have not won anything in 8 years has every fan of the north London club biting at the bit to start the new season, as they are eager to end the trophy drought.

The Gunners last success came in 2005, when they won the FA Cup, but since then they have fell down the English Premier League pecking order due to substantial funding that Chelsea and Manchester City have received after being taken over in the past few years.

Arsenal are looking likely to compete for the league title again with Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis all but confirming the club’s summer budget. After Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced he is in the market for a world-class striker, Gazidis told BBC Sport:

“Of course we could do that. We could do more than that.”

Finally with financial backing, Wenger can move forward and look to spend in the transfer market. After the sales of Van Perise, Fabregas and Nasri over the last few years it finally looks as if the money can be re-invested into strengthening the squad. Gazidis also told the BBC:

“This year we are beginning to see something we have been planning for some time – the escalation in our financial firepower.”

Gazidis also went on to say:

“We have a certain amount of money which we have held in reserve.”

Further financial stability has been added to the club after they signed a multi-million pound contract extension with kit sponsors Emirates. The deal is expected to last until the 2018/19 and be worth around £150 million.

Gooners fans are certainly getting excited with transfer rumours circling about the club lining up bids for United’s Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid. Arsene Wenger is on the look out for a striker to fill the void left by Holland international Robin Van Persie. The Frenchman signed Olivier Giroud to score the goals, but with only 11 goals last season he has failed to live up to his hefty price tag.

The potential signing of Ashley Williams could add a commanding presence to the back four, which they have lacked since the likes of Sol Campbell. They will certainly need to improve their defence if they are to stand a chance of competing for the title.

Arsenal fans will also be happy that for the first time in a couple of years none of the current squad are set to be sniped away by other clubs, in the last few years Arsenal have lost their best players to so called bigger clubs. Van Persie’s transfer to United was one that could have possibly been avoided if the club had not let his contract run into its final year. But with no players entering their final year, the club can solely concentrate on bringing new players to the club.

This season also sees Arsene Wenger enter his final year of his contract; fans will want to see 63-year-old sign a new contract quickly. When questioned on the manager’s future, Gazidis told BBC Sport:

“We have got a fantastic manager. I think we will make an announcement on a new deal when things are put in place.”

Arsenal are 4th favourites to win the 2013/14 campaign, their odds are 10/1 to lift the Premier League trophy come the end of the season, live football in 2013 at The Emirates will be something to behold. No matter what happens things are looking up for the Gunners, could the hunt for a trophy be coming to an end?

11 Comments

  1. arsenal fan

    Improve our defence? We were second in the league for goals allowed, you don’t know what you are talking about.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Goals “allowed”? That makes it sound like we simply stood aside and applauded the opposition as they rolled the ball into the net.

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      1. Dazza

        Sorry, thought you said Girls Aloud.

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    2. Callum

      Even so that was due to our last 10 games of the season when Los and per finally found their feet. If you have been watching the same games as I have surely you would have seen how dodgy it has been at times in the back 4. We have no depth in defence and injuries are inevitable so if you don’t think we need to boast our defence with some solid players you must be foolish.

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  2. elkieno

    Lazy, lazy, lazy article don’t you know we have the 2nd best defence in the league?
    Did you actually watch any of our games?
    There is a reason we here bayen Munich want our Kos!

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    1. nichodemus

      2nd Best, but we still need another reliable CB. 3 is not enough.

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    2. supa phil

      and when either koscielny or mertesacker inevitably get hurt, you’re going to be that idiot that said we didn’t need a new center back. we need a center back (there are only three on the club, currently, unless you count miquel) and box to box or defensive midfielder. would love to get fellaini and hummels, but don’t see the latter one leaving dortmund this year. alderweireld would be a good second choice.

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    3. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Having the 2nd best defence in the league means nothing.

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  3. dream-boy

    if I am arsenal manager I don’t that much money
    so check what I bleave that our team neads

    Julio ceser : only 2 million ( not long time solution but we need his experi..
    Ashley Williams : he is a British defender and he is leader only 8 million
    Maruan felleini :strong defensive midfielder and have EPL experience only 22 millions
    Cesc fabrigas :attacking midfielder and former player only 25 millions
    Gonzalo Higuain : good finisher and young player only 23 millions

    so the total money I need is 80 million only
    and know I signed 5 world class players

    so are you agree with me to bring these players ?????

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  4. Me2

    £100 million on players lol – are you on drugs. Remember this is the man who famously once said if he was given £100 million for players he would give it back. Wenger is so unambitious….

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  5. Jamesey07

    We had a good defensive record, however against the bigger and dare I say better attacks in the prem and Champs league we were woefully exposed.

    I can remember the Spuds walking through our defence on two seperate occasions in a 10min time period.

    A sloppy piece of defending from our captain allowing RVP to score within the first 5mins of his debut game against us for United…

    A simple cross feld ball deceiving the entire back line against Chelscum to cost us a decent result in a game we completely dominated over the 90mins…

    Getiing torn to shreds by Bayern Munich at home etc etc etc

    We need a strong commanding Centre Half a leader and an experienced goal keeper to help marshal the back four and teach Shezzers how to do the same, it is as simple as that.

    If we do have a ‘warchest’ to spend then I agree with previous poster Ceasar, Williams/Rami, Fellaini and Higuain all within our transfer budget and all proven quality and experience…Its time we made the necessary signings to help develope the young guns and provide them with the quality to work with and learn from on the training ground…that is the only way we will ever challenge for top honours again!!

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