The Arsenal Chief Exec Ivan Gazidis has been happily announcing new sponsorship deals which (he says) will put the Gunners amongst the “top five clubs in the world” in terms of revenue, but with Arsenal fans clamouring for all that cash to be spent on building a trophy-winning side, Gazidis has made it clear that any transfer decisions are made entirely by Arsene Wenger and not the board.
“I think we will be able to be more financially competitive and that will enable us to push forward on the field,” Ivan Gsaid. “We can pay bigger salaries and I think we can invest more in transfer fees. How we make those decisions will be based on a manager whose judgment, over the years, has been shown to be outstanding. There’s nobody I would like to be thinking about those types of decision more than Arsène Wenger.
“We have got a lot of money coming in. We also kept some powder dry, so we have got the ability to invest if our manager finds the right opportunities in January.”
But the fact is that the money has been rolling in for quite a few years, but Wenger himself has made it clear that he intends to carry on his prudent policy of investing in youth players at Arsenal, but is very happy that the club has become more successful off the field.
Arsene said: “It is massive for us because I am so many times with my back to the wall, accused of not spending fortunes. To show that we can do it, with the way we do it, with the club in a good financial situation and with the players coming from our youth development, I think it is important for the game as well. There are many different ways to be successful and I am very happy that our way is one of them.”
Your way may be one way of measuring success, but I think the fans prefer the age-old version where success is totally measured by how many trophies you win…..