For all those supporters that have been cursing our Manager Arsene Wenger, about how he buys talent and new players, perhaps you will now start to understand how this manager works.
He started off the summer by bringing in Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jenkinson, they were additions to what was in my view a ‘sound base’.
His pattern over the years has always been to leave it as late as possible to get the best deals out there.
Everybody knows the first price of anybody at the start of the transfer window is always the highest and those that did their business early have probably paid through the nose for their players.
Many managers have got the financial backing of very rich owners who are not at all bothered by high prices so it matters not to them what price they pay.
Arsene Wenger will only spend when he believes he can’t get the player for any less and very often he misses out.
If a player has a long contract with his present club the price of that player will be high but if he happens to be in the last year Wenger believes he is in a strong bargaining position.
Not only is Wenger a fine Manager he is also a shrewd negotiator, he leaves it late in the window for players he believes will cost too much at the start of the window but if that player has not been bought by another club he will try and buy them at a reduced price.
Wenger plans meticulously, sometimes it comes off and other times he misses out but when it comes off, he gets a good player for a very good price.
This window has been frustrating for supporters, they have seen our name linked to every conceivable player and naturally expected that player to be joining us.
The press and the media have flogged our club to death, they know we have weaknesses and they have tried to scupper every possible deal and make us pay the highest prices but Wenger see’s things like a kid in a sweet shop.
A kid doesn’t buy the first sweet he looks at, he looks around the shop and would probably want to buy many sweets but only has the money to buy a couple so he takes his time, spoilt for choice you might say. Wenger is like that….
He also looks into the player’s background, looks at their past history and checks whether he has been troublesome, will he fit in with his future plans, will he be a good Arsenal man?
Just because a player looks good on the television doesn’t mean he will fit into the structure of our club, too outspoken can cause unrest in the camp, bad habits can infect the whole squad, so choosing a player is not always about ability, Wenger looks at it similar to a jig saw puzzle and players like one of the pieces.
Supporters believe that we have held back, sold players and were intending to hold on to all the profits. Well, that has been the impression I have got over the last few weeks.
It’s not been about that in my opinion; it’s been about balancing the books.
We still have debts, we still have our running costs and the way Arsenal work, all monies goes into the pot that makes the club financially stable.
The players we have sold have made us a healthy profit and the players boought have been at good prices.
Is that not the way of a good business?
Success is not always about trophy cabinets, it’s about having a sound club which is financially stable with a team that is hopefully improving.
That’s a successful club and Wenger, with his shrewd bargaining will ultimately make us more successful.
Looking back, has Arsene Wenger got it far wrong this summer?
Chu Park Young
Joel Campbell (Not Available)
Yossi Benayoun (Loan)
Jon Toral Harper
Twelve new faces in this transfer window alone, ok Campbell has had to go on loan to obtain a future work permit but Ryo Miyaichi joins us for the first time this season as he has been granted his permit.
Not all looking so bad now is it?
Or do some of you still think Arsene Wenger and Arsenal haven’t done enough?
Written by Steve Palmer