For the first time since 2006, I sat and watched a Champions League Final from start to finish. After it’d finally got underway of course. According to reports on the BBC, a large number of Liverpool fans tried to get into the stadium with fake tickets in hand which caused all sorts of security problems. French police were using pepper spray and tear gas in attempt to control the large number of fans outside the Stade de France. I’m sure there’ll be a inquiry but it won’t be Liverpool fans fault I’m sure. It never is.
It was a final which Liverpool could and probably should have won but Thibaut Courtois was outstanding in the Real Madrid goal. Having already had a Karim Benzema goal ruled out for offside, one sweeping passage of play on the hour mark, ended with Carlo Ancelotti’s team scoring the only goal of the game. A lovely goal it was too, quite reminiscent of Arsenal team at their best.
From being a club which the media were backing to win the quadruple, Liverpool fans have been left with a League and FA Cup victory to celebrate. Of course I’m thrilled because I love seeing Liverpool lose anything and everything but what Jurgen Klopp has done and is continuing to do at the club is little short of magnificent really. Liverpool’s football is the most entertaining of all the English clubs in my opinion. The club has spent a lot of money on players since the German arrived at the club but nothing in comparison to the likes of Man City, Chelsea or even Man Utd. City and Chelsea have paid extortionate amounts of money to buy trophies, whereas Liverpool have bought and sold players wisely. Liverpool really are the blueprint of how to run a football club properly.
Yes, Liverpool have spent big money on individual players. Virgil van Dijk was signed for £75 million in January 2018, Alisson Becker (£66.8 million), Naby Keita (£52 million) and just recently around £50 million for Luis Diaz. However, the sales of Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suaurez to Barcelona for £142 million and £65 million respectively balanced the figures easily.
The people over at CIES Football Observatory have compiled a table which shows how much money clubs in the top five leagues have spent in the last ten years.
Surprised? I am too if the figures above are factual.
Arsenal do spend money but it’s who the club has spent it on which has been the problem in more recent years. However, in comparison to Liverpool especially, Arsenal’s sales department is failing terribly. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi, Joe Willock and Emi Martinez are the only significant transfer deals Arsenal have made over recent years but put all three sales figures together and it’s still around half the amount Liverpool sold Coutinho for. When was the last time Arsenal sold a player for over £50m? I can’t recall any one leaving for such an amount.
I doubt any of us want to see the likes of Bukayo Saka, ESR, Gabriel Martinelli etc etc leave but at some stage, one of the clubs who have an open chequebook, are going to knock on Arsenal’s door asking ‘how much’?
Juventus are reported to be desperate to sign Gabriel this summer. What do Arsenal do if the Italians come in with a big offer? What if PSG off £100m for Martin Odegaard or Newcastle Utd wave a £50m figure at us for Kieran Tierney?
Going back to last summer, the £150m Arsenal spent in the transfer window sent shockwaves through the football world. “Unprecedented” was the word doing the rounds at the time, probably because it was all we heard during the Covid crisis, but Arsenal haven’t spent that kind of money during one transfer window so it was understandable. The signings the club made though were considered to be underwhelming, that’s if you were listening to Sky Sports at the time. Arsenal need to spend a similar amount of money this summer in my opinion, and that’s just to keep up with the rest. How can we though if we are to comply with FFP?
Easy, be more smart in the transfer market. If that means selling one or players you or I might not want to leave then so be it because you can better your bottom dollar that the love they tell us they have for Arsenal right now, will soon be forgotten it a big club comes calling for them with an offer to double their wages.
So yes, if Juventus offer Arsenal big money for Gabriel, take it and move on is my answer.
See you in the comments.