The Sun, The Mirror and Daily Mail are convinced that Unai Emery is holding ‘internal talks’ with owner Stan Kroenke to increase their available transfer funds.
The Sun went with a typical terrace like headline ‘cough up’ whilst the Daily Mail’s coverage seemed to indicate that those involved with the club’s transfers, including Emery, had been reduced to pleading.
Such is the interest in Arsenal’s financial plight and transfer woes, that we are now supposed to imagine Unai Emery on his knees in his office, on loud speaker, appealing to Stan Kroenke’s better nature, if he has one.
To add to this highly inventive and hopeful tale, FFP has apparently been scrapped and The Sun informs us rather gleefully that
“July heralded the league’s new three-year FFP window and the first without the regulation.”
“Fundamentally, top-flight teams now need only stay within the existing £105million loss limit over the three-year period.”
Before we start chilling the beer and looking to celebrate, Arsenal are said to be posting a loss of £54m due to a dip in revenue, sustained over a three year period by not featuring in the Champions League, coupled with a spiraling wage bill.
It’s the first time in 17 years that the Gunners have had to contemplate a down swing, but revenue will apparently increase with additional commercial deals in the pipeline. It’s also expected that a return to Adidas with a range of new kits will plump up the club’s sagging coffers.
Adidas themselves are forking out £60m a season in a five year deal with the club and although it’s not on a par with the Barcelona-Nike deal, worth a stonking £120m a year, it’s still very impressive, especially when the side are not even in contention regularly for major honours.
The Express were more up beat on Arsenal’s transfer dealings after revealing that ex-footballer Tony Cascarino will be left “amazed” if Arsenal don’t spend £100m in the window.
Former Chelsea man Cascarino said that the club simply isn’t good enough after completing its move to the Emirates in 2006. He merely voiced what every Arsenal fan had been saying since upping sticks from its spiritual home, when he said:
“They left Highbury to become a bigger club and build the Emirates, have this super stadium and rub shoulders with the greatest clubs in Europe – that hasn’t quite happened,”
“I don’t believe Arsenal don’t have enough money to compete. They should do.”
“Why move to the Emirates if you’re going to become a weaker team, a weaker club?”
“If you move to the Emirates, you’ve got to compete with the very best in Europe.”
“I’d like to think they would be considering spending £150m to £200m.”
“I keeping reading in the papers and hearing on the radio that isn’t going to happen.”
“I would be amazed if Arsenal don’t spend more than £100m.”
Of course, fans will hope that Cascarino is right because the unedifying sight of Unai Emery in full begging mode should make everyone feel slightly nauseous.