I’ve been saying it for a while now and I’ve also made a conscious effort to ignore all the twaddle generated by Sky Sports and other media sources, which insisted that Arsenal were unlikely to spend in January because of their hefty investment last summer.
Since Emery left and Arteta took over, the Arsenal hierarchy have had the opportunity to take a long, hard look at the current season of disappointment and examine their obvious mistakes during that period.
It’s inconceivable that the Arsenal board had even contemplated not spending given the performances and blatant weaknesses. They might have got away with their frugal ways under Wenger but in the current climate, the Emirates’ big wigs will find themselves on thin ice if they take no immediate action.
Arsenal supporters around the world would never tolerate relegation at the hands of their number one figure of hate, Stan Kroenke. For the owner of Arsenal to claim that the club was unable to spend money to avoid the devastating consequences of further decline would let all hell break loose.
Arsenal are a money making machine that attracts huge sums of revenue, sponsorships and endorsements, but without top flight football they could quite easily fall off the sporting map. It’s simply a case of common sense to suggest that Arsenal invest a little more to prevent massive shortfalls in the future, especially because they refused to provide the necessary funds for so long.
The Mirror recently claimed there had been a U-turn in Arsenal’s position on the transfer market and to a degree that may be partially true in some quarters, but more logically, they probably made no decisions for or against any transfer dealings allowing time to speak with Arteta.
However, it’s clear that the Spanish coach needs help, especially after the first half performance against Leeds and I have no doubts that there had been some dialogue prior to that result to identify possible targets.
Arteta, who had been cautious about the transfer window in recent weeks, increased speculation when he said:
“We don’t talk about any transfers and we are working on a few things,”
“When the club has something to say, I will let you know.”
Hurry up Mikel, put us out of our misery !