Gazidis told us last season that we were financially secure enough to survive the possibility of failing to qualify for the Champions League. This is probably true, although I feel there is something he wasn’t telling us. It was a half truth. The statement he made should of gone something like; we are financially secure enough not to worry about the 35mil the competition gives us – as long as we make it up elsewhere. Like in the transfer market.
This is where I feel that Wenger has pulled a master stroke.
Finishing fourth doesn’t automatically guarantee you a place in the Champions League, it only gives you the opportunity to qualify for it. We are not there yet and Wenger probably anticipated the chance of not qualifying and put certain measures in place to ensure it doesn’t affect us. Especially with the need to pay off a stadium.
In selling Kolo and Ade, Wenger achieved three things.
1. He got rid of the bad influences in the dressing room. Cesc has already come out and said that they are better off without them. They wanted to leave. We don’t need players like that at Arsenal and the manager said the Everton game was a perfect example of how cohesive the team were now.
2. It covers the revenue the Champions League will provide us. If we don’t qualify for any reason, we have the money to survive financially. Although it will be a devastating blow football wise.
3. When we do qualify. Wenger automatically has a little bit of money at his disposal. Once the Champions League revenue is ensured, Wenger’s little safety net turns into extra cash for him to do with as he chooses. Wenger probably thought he had enough in the squad to get results against Everton and Pompey at the start of the season, and with the Champions League qualifier out of the way on the 26th, Wenger has enough time to pull a couple of rabbits out of the hat and strengthen the squad before the transfer window closes on the 1st.
He wont spend all of it, he may not spend any depending on the Celtic results, but i believe we’ll beat Celtic comfortably and see a couple of signings in the days leading up to the transfer deadline. Its a strong possibility that the majority of the money will be invested into paying off the stadium, so I don’t expect to see any David Villa’s either.
In fact, I’m that confident that we are too strong for Celtic, that I predict that we’ll put the tie to bed tonight.
Have a good day guys. Tonight we take the momentum from the Everton game to Scotland and stuff them on their own turf.
Come on the Arsenal.