All of the talk and information coming out of Arsenal Football Club suggests that the days of scrimping and saving to pay off the Emirates Stadium are over. The latest financial figures show a big cash reserve and good profitability, with new sponsorship money on the way. It is not just the money to be able to compete with the big spenders over transfer fees that has seen Arsenal lose it’s best players and miss out on big name signings, however. The current wage structure at the club falls way short of what top players are earning, but that too is going to be torn up, apparently, so we really should be able to compete.
Time for Arsenal supporters to act by Tohans
It is time for action, Gooners. The supporters keep the club alive – but we don’t get a hearing. Without us they will not survive. There would be no big wages, no sponsorships and no transfer money. The whole club has its existence because it has so many supporters, but yet we get ignored in our calls for some form of return to glory.
Here is my suggestion….
Discard the socialist wages or perish. by NS
Arsene Wenger seems to believe that no player is worth 150k per week. He also believes it’s good for morale if most Arsenal players are on similar money, regardless of ability.
Some obvious problems with this.
First of all, you end up with deadwood. Players who clog up the wage bill and have no future at the club. Players we can’t let go for free as no other club would give them 60k+ per week. That is why Squillaci and others are still here. Money talks.
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board will be delighted today, following yesterday’s vote by the Premier league clubs to impose sanctions against clubs that break new financial restrictions. The vote was very close, but 13 out of 19 voted in favour of the proposals, with Reading abstaining, which was just enough for the two thirds majority.
There were two aspects to the proposal. The first is to do with wages. It is not a wage cap exactly, more of a cap on increases for the biggest spenders. From next season, any club whose annual wages are over £52 million will only be able to increase their wages by £4 million the next season. There are currently seven clubs that this will affect.
Arsene Wenger has been getting lots of criticism this season, from Arsenal fans, commentators and some, but not many, former players. He has been given a glowing reference and vote of confidence today from everybody’s favourite Frenchman, Samir Nasri.
The player who is never slow to claim glory for himself, has surprised people (me at least0 by declaring that he would never have achieved success if it had not been for the tutelage of Le Prof. Wenger is hugely respected by his players, and is in the process of building a new Arsenal team with a core of young players, many of them British.
Arsenal reject bid for Santos!
What were Arsenal thinking when they turned down the chance to offload one of their unwanted players? This has been one of the main problems facing the club for a while, the difficulty in getting rid of the so-called deadwood players. It drives Gooners up the wall when we hear that the club has a strict wage policy that stops us getting or keeping the best players, while we have players earning fortunes and never playing.
There have been some crazy Arsenal rumours this year, but there are few that have made me laugh as much as this one. It is being reported that the little French traitor Samir Nasri would love to come back and play for his “second father” Arsene Wenger, after having a very underwhelming effect since joining Manchester City and falling out with Roberto Mancini.
There is no need for me to ask Arsenal fans if they would welcome Nasri back to the Emirates as I know that 101% of them would scream a resounding NO, and would probably insult him as much as the little piece of turd insulted us during his first season at the Etihad. We especially liked his “Are you watching Arsenal fans” when he collected his Premiership title-winners medal. He is just soooooo endearing. NOT!!!!
We hear alot about the wage structure at Arsenal and how it stops Arsene Wenger from competing with clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United when it comes to signing players. The Gunners apparently offered around £150,000 per week to Robin van Persie to get him to stay at the Emirates, but the two Manchester clubs were able to beat that easily.
It may surprise Arsenal fans to hear, then, that Arsenal’s weekly wage bill is about £1 million more than our North London rivals, Tottenham. That is around £50 million a year, which seems an incredible amount for a club that is well known for being financially prudent.
There has been much talk about Arsenal’s weird pay structure over the last few years, and despite Arsene Wenger’s statements that there need to be changes, the Gunners are still finding it difficult to sell the (overpaid) deadwood that were given inflated wages on arrival at the Emirates and even harder to hang on to our (underpaid) top stars!
This is why Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner, Chamakh, Squillaci and others are still on Arsenal’s payroll despite the unlikelikhood of them ever getting another first-team start, and happy to earn £50,000 a week while languishing in the sidelines.
I know there is alot of money in football these days, but if £11 million is now cheap for a 19-year old winger from the Championship then things have really got out of hand. Arsenal are reported to be keen on Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, possibly as a replacement for Theo Walcott if he leaves, and that is the price that has been quoted.
The Palace manager, Dougie Freedman, has told the press that any team that did pay that price for the England under-21 international would have done a very good deal.
“I know he is worth more than £11 million. You are getting him cheap if you get him for that.
Arshavin is costing Arsenal by TS
He cost Arsenal a reported £13m to bring in from Zenit. Wenger couldn’t have been happier signing the player in the last hour of the transfer window and beating off the likes of Barcelona for his signature. When he arrived, the first couple of games he played for the Gunners, everyone loved him. Fan’s cheered his name, magazines printed covers of his face and everyone was hailing him as Arsenal’s next big thing. And who could ever forget those four goals he slotted in at Anfield?
Arsenal to offer Oxlade-Chamberlain new contract by AM
It looks like Arsenal have finally learnt from their mistakes of waiting for the last year in a player’s contract to open negotiations over an extension. Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to offer his prized asset Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a new improved contract.