I touched on this the other day but it appears that it’s today Arsenal will announce record profits – and that they have paid off all the debts on their Highbury Square development six months early.
This means that we will get a £30 million windfall after selling off around 90 apartments The Emirates Stadium costs are covered with ease from match day income.
Many fans will think this is wonderful news as financial stability within the club is the top priority but others will surely be thinking that if this was all know, why did we faff around bidding £2M for an aged goalkeeper when its clear we could have aimed much higher?
I don’t know the answer but I strongly suspect that the club wanted this all done and dusted prior to any spending, I certainly wouldn’t go out and spend thousands of pounds unless I had it spare. Maybe back in the summer, the selling of the apartments was just ‘on the cards’ rather than all the sales having gone through. Again, I don’t know but the property market did take a bit of a dip!
Either way, the club is now in a very healthy situation and surely this has to be better than living off the back of some Sugar Daddy who is willing to spend, spend, spend, but then one day ups and leaves, leaving the club in a financial mess along the way?
The Daily Telegraph quote these figures
A year ago, Arsenal announced pre-tax profits had risen 24 per cent to £45.5 million. Another increase for the year ending June 2010 is expected courtesy of property sales and around a £4 million rise in Premier League income to £51.7 million and a similar increase in Champions League income to £27.3 million.
Now though the only debt we have is the £220-£230 million on the stadium which has to be paid off by 2031 – easy peasy!
Now all has settled after what was a stunning victory against the Tiny Totts, Arsene Wenger must seriously take a look at his goal keeping situation and sort it out, fast!
Almunia is number1, he is better than Fabianski, but is Fabianski better than Wojciech Szczesny and Vito Mannone??
For me the answer is No!
It’s high time Arsene Wenger got rid of our Mr Liability for good or loan him out in January and see if he really can make the grade!!
Could you see Fabianski a full stretch like this?? You can see the pain in his eyes just watching ;)
Wojciech Szczesny has supposed to have had a moan at Wenger about this situation and I don’t blame him, especially after another dodgy display in goal by Flappianski.
I agree with this particular comment made by our young Pole:-
I know Arsenal are fighting for trophies but if you want to win anything you must play your best players – not the oldest ones.
I also like this one :-
When I get the chance, I’ll prove I should’ve got my chance earlier.
Good man, that’s fighting talk, I don’t like the comment he made about leaving though, but I sure as heck understand why he would want to when he see’s who plays ahead of him!
Wenger goes on about how he believes in his youthful side, why does that belief not extend to his goal keeper?
We got lucky against the Spuds, not the result of course as we played them off the park for most of the game and totally deserved our victory but we got lucky that Spurs were crap and didn’t test Fabianski too much as I’m sure we would have seen a few more blunders that the one he made for the goal. It was offside I know, but Flappy had all the time in the world to see what was heading his way, he even dived in the right direction and got his body to the ball. What he failed to do though was the glaringly obvious, if he couldn’t hold the ball, just a little touch round the post would have done the job!
All pre-season we heard Wenger tell the media that Chesney was a star in the making, well I suggest he drops Fabianski from being Almunia’s understudy and gives him the chance he deserves and now. I’m sure if he got a chance to be our ‘Cup Keeper’, that would be enough to make him realise that the club have faith. Then a new contract signed and if he does take his chance, next summer Arsenal have saved themselves a few million pounds on signing a new one.
Chesney is free to talk to other clubs in January and unless Wenger gives him a real chance and lets him know he truly believes in him he will follow in the footsteps of so many of our players and that’s to leave of a free in the summer. Potentially he could be one of the best goal keepers our club has had since the David Seaman days. I just hope Wenger doesn’t muck this one up. Flamini did it, Merida did it, Gallas did it and so have many more.
Wenger has said this following the outburst of Chesney:-
He is right he deserves a chance but the keeper is in front of him, Mannone, deserves a chance as well, You can only play one goalkeeper. It’s part of their job as a football player to live with competition and decisions.I believe the best thing for him is just to focus, work hard and trust us.No club in the world has started more players at the top, top-level than we have. Nobody, so he is in the right club. But impatience is a characteristic of youth.What they forget when they are 20 is that they can play until they are 40, whereas a normal player can only go to 32 or 34 if it all goes well, so what they lose at the start they gain at the end of their career.
That’s fine Mr Wenger, but the lad is good, he wants to be playing week in week out for good club and I can understand that. If you don’t want him, sure as heck another club will and with Edwin van de Sar soon to retire, I wouldn’t be surprised if Old Fergie comes sniffing around him in January.
Then of course there is Mannone – clubs are already looking at him. How will Wenger know if they will make the grade if he doesn’t play them? How can he be happy to sit and watch mistake after mistake made by Fabianski, when he has two keepers like we do in reserve? The mind boggles……
Looking ahead to the match against West Brom, Diaby could be back in contention but Vermaelen, Squillaci and Cesc are all out, Rosicky and Eboue face lete tests too.
So who would you rather see as our cup keeper?