Ian Wright is not a happy man right now and I do not always agree with what he writes in his columns in The Sun but his latest one makes a lot of sense. He says that he read a line from a fan recently which said, “Are we supporting a football club or a business?”
We seriously have to ask ourselves that question. Arsenal are a very well run club in terms of finances but does it really make sense that we have a very good balance sheet with profits but no trophies in the cabinet?
We always hear that we have lots of money to spend this summer so why are we not spending it? You will hear the forces that be at Arsenal say that they are working hard on trying to get the right signings and it is not easy to get the right players. Bull**** in my opinion! We are just to stingy with money and thus we lose out on signing top players. Look at Manchester United and Liverpool this summer, they have gone out and splashed the cash whilst we are busy fussing around and complaining about players fees. If we really need and want Gary Cahill for £17million then let’s spend it because we have the money.
Ian Wright said, “The club sells out every other week, makes a stack of money yet they are not making big-name buys. Meanwhile, United took the lead by getting their business done early.” I totally agree with him. Are the owners of the club just worried about lining their own pockets and making profits whilst we do not win trophies?
Wright also raised a valid point by saying, maybe it is not Wenger’s fault that we are not spending money this summer on players, maybe he is not getting enough backing from the board. “Ultimately, I am still not sure how much backing he has had. I find it beyond belief that Arsenal have been unable to strengthen in key areas. Alisher Usmanov is one of the richest men in Russia, owns over 29 per cent of Arsenal yet has not been given a place on the board. But I am sure he would be willing to put some of his vast wealth into the team whereas it seems majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is not.” said Wright.