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Arsenal: The Bigger Picture And Why Wenger Doesn’t Spend

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One of the most difficult things to do in life is to maintain discipline. Now I know that you may not believe me, but try it yourself, try to lead a discipline life. Try getting up in the morning everyday at the same time reaching work at the same time, and sleeping at the same time. If you do it, you’ll honestly know what I’m talking about.

This discipline factor can also be used through clubs, namely – Arsenal Football Club. Why? Well its simple, we say we want Arsenal to spend. Now its quite easy to say that. It seriously is, Wenger goes asks Gazidis for 60 million pounds, Ivan takes out a briefcase and BANG !!, we have a new Arsenal player in Iniesta…But its not as easy as it sounds.

Why don’t you picture a boy having 100 Pounds in his wallet. Tell him to give you 1 pound, and probably he won’t have a problem. But if you tell him to give you about 45 pounds, he’ll probably show you the bird! Now whats my point…my point is that when a person is induced to lose a lot of money at one time, he may become apprehensive, or may be reluctant, but ask him for small amounts to lose, he won’t be bothered. Well this is not only due to a psychological issue, but also because of the fact that by giving you that 1 pound he’ll probably make a friend or some gain, if you get what I’m saying.

You see spending is not the issue with the club. Yes the club has profits, in fact the entire club is self-sustaining and sufficient in terms of money. The only thing it does have is a long-term debt which if I may add, is also under control, because the rates of interests are quite reasonable.

Today you see clubs like Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona think if we only had that amount of money to spend on players. It’s not that we don’t have the money, it’s just that we don’t want to spend it if it causes harm to the club. Confused ??? Well its something like this. If you have 10 pounds with you and you want to but shoes which cost 12 pounds, you can do either of the 3 things:

  1. Sit on your ***, and moan!
  2. Wait till you get your next paycheque
  3. Borrow money from some person and buy the shirt.

For Arsenal its category 2, while the big spending clubs fall into the 3rd category.

Yeah, I want the club to spend. Yes, I am being honest here, I want a David Villa or a Xabi Alonso, but the point is, that would be beneficial to Arsenal football Club but not to “Arsenal.” And when a person asks you which club do you support you say “Arsenal.” Sometimes people do question your loyalty, and most of the time when your team lose you will get **** from people. Yeah, you will. But these guys will probably be supporting clubs like United, City, Chelsea or either of the Spanish Giants.

I respect what Wenger has done for the club, and as a human he is not comparable to anybody else. Not only did he run the club on a shoe-string budget, otherwise we may have ended up like Liverpool or something, but also he never lost faith in Arsenal, hence the new contract.

If you support Arsenal, you have to suck up a lot of ***t, and a lot of pressure from fans of other clubs. I know people who have changed clubs overnight from Arsenal to United, because they couldn’t take it. Its is a disciplined, and hard issue, lets face it, it is.

NEWS FLASH !! – United have signed Robinho for 55 millions pounds, City have signed Ibrahamovic for 65 million pounds, and Chelsea have signed Schweinsteiger for 52 million pounds, is not a really good thing to hear. In a flash you can picture the improvement in quality that these players will have on these sides, while we sign a reasonably priced player, who may or may not let say ‘click.’ Yeah, I know its hard, and pissing off, as to why we don’t win. Of course why shouldn’t it be, we are fans and we want our team to win. But to win there are different ways. Some will say change the manager, and some will say change the tactics. Personally I fall into the latter , as I feel Wenger has to improve on his tactics, as whatever people say I don’t think the guy knows his tactics as good as a Fergie, Mourinho, or Guardiola. He’s super as a person, but not as a manager regarding football tactics. Thats my opinion, and I hope you readers respect it. But coming back to the point, consider this…

Recent reports have suggested that Qatar Holdings or something like that want to buy united for 1.5 billion pounds. And, that the new Sheikh owner will give Fergie a 1000 billion pounds as a transfer war chest. Now how more discouraging can I express this? Here you have a club who respects its finances, and in the same country you have a few others who spend like money is nothing to them.

Go on, and ask yourself, do you support Arsenal, if you do then believe in what the club stands for, believe in whats right, and believe in your players…..Thats a fan, that’s a Gooner. Remember its not just a game, its Arsenal.

Have a look at Wenger’s interview, when the lady asks him why does he not spend? I hope my point is clear then,..and if its still not clear, try the video of this video, hopefully that should help…





  1. arsenal4ever

    December 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

    wenger is a c*nt and so should be called by the real fans!! Leave my beloved Arsenal as you wont win anything stingy tight french b*stard!!!

  2. James Wong

    December 20, 2010 at 9:52 am

    If Wenger doesn’t want to spend ,stop buying kids. Walcott hass be nhere for four years and his impact is minimal.
    IF Wenger keeps on buying kids and MU Chelsea Spurs buy the finished article, Arsenal risk falling further behind. Wenger may not agree but trophies don’t lie.
    The red faced with trophies is smiling. Arsenal have no trophies for these last fiveyears. Soon it will be six years.Then what?
    Arsenal won’t even qualify for the cl spot. Mark my words.

  3. The mean red machine

    December 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Well said I couldn’t have put it better my self. Supporting arsenal football club is like being on a Rolla coaster ride, you have your ups and downs but if you are a true fan you understand what the club is going through and believe in what it stands for. Supporting arsenal football club is a privilege considering what we continually achieve on a shoe string budget (entertaining football, champions league football and a top four finish every season whilst bringing through quality young footballers (wilsher, gibbs then you have waiting to make their mark frimpong, jet, Lansbury and many more. Look at the positives we will not have to pay a penny for any of these top quality players. They will all more than likely form the backbone of the future England squad. (Finally England will have a decent footballing team to support) anybody with a football brain will know that arsenal will go on to realise the dream of trophies and succeed beyond their wildest dreams for many years to come. Keep the faith gunners; the finish line is in touching distance

    • rickygunners

      December 22, 2010 at 6:06 am

      What do you mean by no need money? Who paid their salary, allowances, transportation, meals and etc.?

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  5. rajesh v

    December 20, 2010 at 10:24 am

    this is a fantastic article.

    only flaw with wenger is, his tatical knowledge. He does not seem to understand foot ball as a whole. he knows 95% not 99%. His game against manu showed it. I thought with the squad of both the teams arsenal should win it. but they lost. because of tactical mistake.

  6. bristol goonebr

    December 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I respect the ethics behind not borrowing millions and living beyound our means as a club,but ffs why buy young 16/17 yr olds without even work permits and second class nobodys sq gooner wants us to become chelski or money city but wenger admit wen ur wrong uve bin buying shite spend some fuking money in jan and lets win something im sick ov having a team of up n coming kids 80% who aint good enough.i would rather win the league through rough goals headers and set pieces,our fancy 100 passes dosent work against da big teams.wenger change or go!

  7. The mean red machine

    December 20, 2010 at 10:34 am

    What wenger has done for our football club is nothing but a miracle. I take my hat off to him all the time. When he finally steps down there will be a shrine dedicated to him. Because of his hard work and dedication arsenal will be a supper club for decades to come. Remember he has nearly single handedly made us into the club we are. I think he deserves the time/chance to deliver us the trophies we all deserve including wenger him self. He has set the foundations of the modern day arsenal and he has set the example for the modern day football club. When we finally do loose him, he will be a damm hard act to follow. No one has achieved what he has achieved with such limited resources. We can easily spend 30mil on a shiny new player that is much as likely to do f all as well as be successful. I for one would not take the risk. Many gunners’ fans say that we have a rubbish squad, but yet this squad which isn’t fit for purpose is young, gaining experience all the time whilst keeping us up there with the best of them. We can only get better. Wenger has taken us this far and he is dedicated to taking us the rest of the way

  8. The mean red machine

    December 20, 2010 at 10:39 am

    tacticaly wenger is not the best, but we are lucky to have one of the best i would say four coaches out there. only barca, real madrid and man u have better. we are privaliged to have mr wenger in our organisation.

  9. stuart

    December 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I think you are correct in the bulk of what you say. As supporters we should back the team and manager on the pitch but also he allowed to voice our views on the team and manager afterwards. But those views have to be constructive not abusive. Being abusive shows you don’t know what you are on about. Where I differ is that I think the manager does have a mental block on spending a little bit extra to buy a quality player. The reason being is that when he buys a player he is looking for what they can do for the club on the pitch and also the fee if we sell him on. Since wenger lost money on Wiltord and Reyes he has not brought big. Now part of it has been the financial status of the club but I also think its because he thinks loosing £500k on a youngster is better than £11m on a older player. I also think you can see this when contracts are renewed. Players we believe are worth so much are given larger wages than we think they deserve to (a) keep them at the club and (b) if we do sell they will command a greater transfer fee. For now let’s back the manager and team and see if anybody besides another youngster arrives in January.

  10. The mean red machine

    December 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

    i think you are right stuart, i think he does have a phobia of loosing money. he should see the club shrink lol. i also think we are in a cacth 22 situation where we are renewing contracts for players who might not make it, instead of using that little extra to buy a better player. but what do you do invest in players you beleive in by renewing their contracts or risk loosing them on the cheap

  11. wow

    December 20, 2010 at 11:03 am

    i believe we lost the game against manu because of jack wilshere. that may be harsh, but he is just a boy still playing against fully developed men

    but my opinion is irrelevant, the fans in england want jack wilshere. but they want the team to win and spend big

    it’s odd how little respect anyone has for the f*cking gigantic figures being thrown around. when i have to part with even 100$, i’m not exactly thrilled.

    the big clubs are always paying at least 10 million POUNDS. the english pound is at a high rate, that must be respected

    our players all have the talent to win the league together. especially when vermaelen is fit.

  12. Kofi

    December 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Wenger bought Arshavin for 15mil and Compare him to Nasri 11mil who is best

  13. elvi

    December 20, 2010 at 11:36 am

    what is the use if building youg teams…if player cost 2m after long year…look what SAF did he brought c.ronaldo… after 6 years he worth 80m…and wenger is not getting the money what he have ask for cesc…who is currently best in the world…wenger should stop chicken bussinese..

  14. The mean red machine

    December 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    response to elvi

    i agree wenger should stop bargain basement shopping but after maybe 2 years when a hugh chunk of the stadium debt is cleard. this will also allow the best of the best promising younge talent to break through enabling us to sell the surplus first team regulars that dont fit the bill, make annother hugh profit then can we start to buy the one or two world class players we crave to fill any problem positions

  15. redwan

    December 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    the chick that is interviewing him is such a b*tch!

  16. Aniruddh Ingle

    December 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    If a person wants a pair of shoes then why would he go out and buy a shirt?

  17. GunnerPete

    December 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    As a real Gunner of 61 years of supporting my team I am disgusted by the ignorance shown by the foul mouthed berk above called arsenal4ever. First his extreme views are based on nothing but racism and ignorance. I have seen more AFC managers than most and not one is in the class of AW. Yes he has flaws and I am the first to criticise his lack of defensive knowledge and worst still his apparent stubborn desire to stick to the same tactics home & away, but that is his job!

    Others like the mouthy buyers of teams like Mourihno & SAF and worst still Redknapp??? constantly recall that we have not won a trophy for 5 years. What they mean is that that unlike them and Chelski, our club will not buy trophies and will not put our club into deep debt.

    As for Mr Wong…please wait until we are not in the cups before writing us off again!

    I think all proper Gunners know that Arsene has Rose Tinted Contacts when looking at Diaby, Denilson,Clichy and French defenders? Why I dont know, but I remain a supporter because they are my club and always will be. I will carry on moaning without using vile language or lack of knowledge as my base for writing.

    Chelski will be our acid test again this week….sadly Vermy will still not play, and this will be 16 match on the trot between us and the big four that we have fielded a team without at least 3 of our top 11. This has been the story for 4/5 years and by the time they come back we are usually to far behind to catch up. This time it may be different? Arsene is reported as being ready to sell Denilson & Bentner plu Eboue Nordveitd and Almunia…if correct that is a start. The cash…about £30 million hopefully would go on Cahill & Benzema..with those two we would win the lot.

    • Fab4

      December 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      Most balanced and sensible comment i have read in a while. Spot on mate with everything you said.

      Only problem i see is that the rumours about Denilson/Bendy/Almunia/etc i fear are just that….rumours. Would LOVE to see us ship out some of the average bench-warmers and sign a couple of players worthy of the first team. Cahill and Benzema would be great, but really can’t see it happening myself.

  18. Davi

    December 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Not to criticise the article too much. I agree that wenger has limitations tactically but for some of the people here to claim he doesnt know the game, or doesnt know tactics is just nuts. We have beaten and thoroughly outplayed big sides in the past. The trouble with him is that I dont think he’s so good at thinking on his feet. Usually we stick to the same tactics from start to finish and they usually work or they dont. It’s more down to the mentality of the players whether we win or lose.

    Mourinho is no tactician btw. Certainly no better than wenger anyway. He cant really affect games tactically once the match has begun. He is a great motivator, and usually comes up with an effective gameplan, but it won’t change for the better once the game starts.
    He is obviously a better motivator than arsene. I think it’s because our manager treats players as adults, when that isnt always what they are. It was great when he had experienced players with a more full understanding of the game on many levels, but the younger players we have now dont all have that. I hope we can stay strong and win the league cup this season. If we do that, we might see some changes in the players. Each and every player in our first team squad is real quality, but mentally they aren’t all there yet. Winning something might be the final push they need.

  19. Jayanta

    December 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I am sorry, I cannot agree with you. What is a football club for making profit or winning honour.
    Please educate me about the original debt payment schedule. At present Emirates debt stands at 130 million pound, I believe club debt was always in control and we have hastened the payment schedule.

    Therewfore I consider for whatever reason we didnot invest on players and given priority on reduceing the debt, which was never called for. Also I consider due to poor performance, we have lost 20 -40 million pounds per year for last 5 years due to lost revenues from world promotion and Tv revenue, etc.

    I can attribute this on AW’s over confidence on this team or to something else cooking up in the club.

    We barely need few quality addition which can make the difference, don’t forget we were just 4 point off from title on 07 – 08, yes agree Manu had too many penalty and favoured decision, so we should have corrected our course. At present no game is safe game for Arsenal, we should never be at this position.

  20. realistic tony

    December 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    trouble with AW is that he doesnt believe the saying “you get what you pay for”…..the fact that he scrimped on 2 central defenders is a shining example of how you get what you pay for.They really aren’t good enough and its always a gamble with cheap untested players anyway.
    He defended his position by equating 2 extra points with spending £150million. I think thats a crazy exaggeration; buying sensibly with that money we would have won the premier league by now. But i will give him enormous credit and total respect for what he has achieved for arsenal and for his principles and footballing philosophy.

  21. goonergerry

    December 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Your article is partial and one dimensional. Wenger has done wonderful things for Arsenal, but after initial success, the playing side has declined. You ignore the fact that we have lost the last 15 times we have played United or Chelsea.
    Wenger has a combination of very good and very bad attributes as a coach-but like all coaches he should be judged on the results of the team., not on the spin he constantly generates in the media. In recent years his team have never looked like achieving success-because they cannot defend in tight games.
    The Arsenal team is like Wenger himself-it is good but with major weaknesses that are not improving.

  22. Norfolk Gooner

    December 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I think by and large Wenger has done an amazing job on a shoestring budget. I feel annoyed this year, however, because the Premiership is weaker and with a bit more spending, not a lot, we could have walked it. In the past I didn’t mind finishing third behind excellent sides; this year we look likely to finish behind mediocre teams which is more frustrating.
    I also wonder if he has a fear of spending. All us Gooners are behind him (or should be) because he can be excused not winning trophies having spent so little. However, if he spent big and still won nothing then his excuse is gone. I hope I do him a discredit thinking like this.

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