December 13, 2012 by
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? .......Read the full article here
September 29, 2012 by
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. .......Read the full article here
September 02, 2012 by
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. .......Read the full article here
August 06, 2012 by
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.
Let’s say that (including Cazorla coz that looks like a done deal) that he has spent around 40m Pounds so far, plus the 15m that he has admitted the club needs to make to pay off the stadium interest, it would seem that Arsenal will be selling to cover the difference. .......Read the full article here
July 22, 2011 by
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. .......Read the full article here
May 01, 2011 by
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. .......Read the full article here
January 22, 2010 by
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.
“Nothing has moved on the transfer market, we again last night [Wednesday] scored four and we could have scored eight. If you look at the chances we created in the two Bolton games you have to say we have no basic, deep offensive problems. .......Read the full article here