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Arsenal Debate: Can a team balance the books AND win a trophy?

Do Arsenal Care About Winning Trophies Or Are They Happy Being A Successfully Run Company?

Arsenal are rare amongst Premier League clubs, or indeed, most clubs at the top of world football, in being able to turn a profit every year. The North London club recently announced a £23.6 million operating profit for 2011-2012, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis pointing to their plans to stay in line with UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules for the next few years. In this way, while Arsenal have spent more on player wages than previous years, the club are targeting a sustainable model that depends on exploiting property on Queensland Road, and regularly qualifying for the Champions League. However, and while achieving a more stable financial footing than rivals Man City, Man Utd, and Chelsea, does this success offset the fact that Arsenal haven’t won a trophy since 2005?

Wenger – Chelsea will test Arsenal’s defensive balance

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are unbeaen and todays game between the two will give the victor a great advantage in confidence and points in the race for the Premiership title, and Arsene Wenger believes the midfield battle will be a big factor in deciding who gets the points.

Alex Song was nominally Arsenal’s ‘defensive midfielder’ last season, but with his departure Wenger believes that he has no-one in the team that be given that title any more.

“There are no defensive midfield players at the moment,” Wenger revealed. “We try to find the defensive balance collectively. We have fewer players who are purely defenders but some are physically strong in defending like Diaby, some are tactically strong like Arteta.

Wenger confident that Financial Fair Play will give Arsenal the advantage

Wenger says FFP will help Arsenal get back to the top by AM

Most of the fans were surprised by Arsenal’s lack of activity during the penultimate stages of the summer transfer window. Wenger said earlier (after the departure of Song) that Arsenal were in the market for a midfielder, but nothing materialized in the end. Finally fans were only left blaming the club for ‘balancing the books’. But, Wenger believes, Arsenal’s transfer policy will ensure that the club remain financially healthy after the Financial Fair Play kicks in. The Frenchman said – ‘Financial Fair Play will come through because big clubs who have been spending a lot are worrying now. They ignored it until now, but finally we see that they are getting concerned.

Will Arsenal pay for their transfer deals by selling Van Persie, Walcott and Song?

All Arsenal fans are enjoying this part of the transfer window immensely as the new arrivals and the continuing Arsenal transfer rumours appear to be making a mockery of Arsene Wenger’s well known prudency in the summer market.

So it would seem that unless Wenger has suddenly turned into a devil-may-care buy-everyone-at-whatever-cost type of manager (unlikely?), then the fact remains that Arsenal will have to recoup some of these funds by letting some high-priced players go the other way to cover the costs.

Patrick Vieira – Arsenal have lost the balance needed to be successful

The Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is currently in Los Angeles in his role as coach for Manchester City, but as usual he has been asked what his opinion on the state of the current Arsenal squad.

He believes that (like everyone else) Arsene Wenger’s team play ‘beautiful football’, but have lost the necessary strength to win trophies, or at least the balance between physical and technical qualities.

“Since I left Arsenal there are new players, a new generation and maybe a new philosophy because Arsenal play better football than we used to do in my time,” Vieira said.

Winterburn – Arsenal need to sell Fabregas to improve the team

The Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn thinks that the time is ripe for Cesc Fabregas to leave the Gunners. He believes that the team is too attacking-minded and Fabregas should be replaced with someone more defensive minded “to balance up the midfield”.

He said: “Jack Wilshere has been nothing short of sensational this season but when he plays together with Cesc Fabregas and you also have Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri in your starting eleven, you are going to struggle to win the midfield battle.”

“Something is not right. The balance of the side is just too attacking and that is because Arsenal’s midfield is technically fantastic but defensively weak.

Wenger – I won’t buy a striker as it will change my system!

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is loathe to buy another striker because it will mean that the balance of the squad would be affected, and Arsenal are scoring lots of goals anyway!

“Everybody tells me to buy strikers even though we score goal after goal. Sometimes in football you get remarkable attitudes.” he said.

“I can understand the question, but if you look at the number of goals we score you have to say we must be doing something right offensively.