The speculation about Alvaro Morata coming to join Arsenal has not gone away, even though the proposed loan move in January didn’t come off. The young Spanish striker has apparently accepted that he needs to move away from his boyhood club Real Madrid in order to play regularly and further his career, something he really should have known a month ago, but the £25 million price tag that his La Liga club have slapped on him means his destination probably won’t be the Emirates.
There are various reasons why some clubs do better in the transfer market than others. Arsenal fans will be hoping for much more in the transfer market from now on, but there are still some very big hitters out there that, on the face of it, Arsenal will simply not be able to compete with.
Two of those clubs, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, are set to be battling the Gunners for one of our main transfer targets this summer, according to The Mirror, so how on Earth are we going to win? The player in question, Antoine Griezmann, may have the answer.
There has been a lot of talk in the past few days about the bumper new contract for Wayne Rooney and it made me think about the situation between Arsenal and Bacary Sagna. The France international is out of contract in the summer and the club have still not agreed his new deal. I think we need to take a leaf out of United’s book and make sure that, like Rooney, Sagna will be staying put.
After Arsenal Football Club released the latest financial figures yesterday, the fans are now fully aware just how well the Gunners are doing commercially. And these figures were for the year ending November 2013 and should get even better with the Puma deal and other new revenue streams.
I won’t bore you with the figures, you can see them on the official Arsenal website. The upshot of it is that, even if we don’t touch the £22 million emergency money, there should be at least £120 million in Arsene Wenger’s transfer war chest in the summer. Even with today’s crazy transfer fees and wages, that should be enough to bring in at least three really top, world-class players.
First off I would like to say that I have been really impressed with what Arsene Wenger has managed to do with the Arsenal team this season, so far that is. But that early promise is in danger of being wiped out and the fans are fearing that another year will go by without anything to `celebrate` other than finishing above Spurs and qualifying for the Champions League.
So to choose this week to announce a rise in the season ticket prices, which are already the most expensive in the world, and to charge as much as £132 for one of those season ticket holders to go and see the Gunners play Bayern Munich on Wednesday, is either careless or shows an astonishing lack of respect for the fans.
You would think that the speculation and rumours about possible Arsenal transfers would die down a bit now the January transfer window is closed, but there are still plenty doing the rounds of the papers and websites. I haven’t been paying too much attention to be honest, but one really caught my eye and as I read further I thought it stood to be passed on.
I had better be careful what I say here Arsenal fans. The figures released recently in the Deloitte Football Money League report were picked up by lots of newspapers and websites, with many of the English ones concentrating on the fact that Manchester United have slipped out of the top three and been replaced by the treble winning German club Bayern Munich. Not too surprising really.
What struck me from the report in the Independent was the big increases in revenue conveniently made by two of the clubs that many football fans and the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger have expressed concern about, namely Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
What the puma deal means for the Gunners! by Ash
Arsenal have announced a deal that has broken records for both organisations, with the financial support being Puma’s biggest investment and Arsenal’s biggest sponsorship deal. While some may choose to focus on the new kit design that will be created for the upcoming 2013/14 season, with some images already released with caution, instead it is the financial factor that needs to be addressed with the most focus because it really does hold a lot of promising signs for the club.
There is plenty of good news today for Arsenal fans. The Club have announced on the official website Arsenal.com that from this summer there is a new commercial sponsorship deal in place with PUMA. They will design and make the kits as well as working together with the marketing side of the Gunners to the great benefit of everyone.
The report does not state exactly how much the deal will be worth to Arsenal, but conservative estimates are that we could be better off to the tune of around £30 million a year. On top of this good news, chief executive Ivan Gazidis pretty much guaranteed that an announcement about Arsene Wenger extending his contract will be made very soon, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Arsene Wenger close to signing new Arsenal deal! by Ash
At the end of this season, Arsene Wenger would have completed his 18th season in charge of the Gunners having joined back in 1996. The Frenchman has gone on to win numerous trophies with the club including the elusive Premier League trophy.
Under Wenger, Arsenal have won the English League on two notable occasions, firstly at White Hart Lane and then in Arsenal’s invincible season of 2003/04. These are just two occasions in which Wenger has proved his worth to the club not to mention the FA Cups and League Cups we have also won under him. Although Arsenal have never won the Champions League, a trophy that continues to elude him, more worrying is the fact that Arsenal are currently on an eight year trophy-less streak.
If Arsenal mess this up, someone needs to be sacked. It seems as though the Gunners are on the verge of losing Bacary Sagna at the end of the season after all. The news last week was good, and it seemed to be just a matter of time before the France international was signed up with a new contract, along with Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger.
Sin City by Big Gun
Dear Arsenal fans, I was reading an interesting article earlier about how Man City are turning into the new Man United. Ever since the departure of Alex Ferguson, United seemed to have the odds stacked against them. Many are saying they have lost the fear factor they used to beat their opponents with, even before setting a foot on the pitch. Earlier in the season I always thought, being typical United, they would come back strong towards the end of the season, so I reserved judgement. But as we enter into the season’s second half, they look just as weak.