REVEALED: The Reason Arsenal Aren’t Making Any New Signings…..

By on August 22, 2011

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is at loggerheads with the board over transfer plans and their wage structure, according to a source close the club.

As reported by The Football Network and a source they spoke to, Wenger is in fact keen to sign world class expensive stars and increase the clubs strict wage structure so they can offer wages of £150,000p/w, but board members are forcing the Frenchman to look at cheaper transfer targets and refuse to increase the wages offered.

This reported row goes some way to explaining the failure to add substantially to the squad this summer. It is believed that Wenger is keen to add a world class centre back to his ranks and knows that to sign such a player would require a fee in excess of £20m and wages of over £100,000p/w.

However the board are trying to force him into signing the likes of Scott Dann and Gary Cahill, who will command less in terms of wages. Wenger feels neither of these players are good enough to improve his first team so is reluctant to sign them, and is continuing to persuade the hierarchy to go all out for world class players that he knows the club needs to compete.

The board are believed to be happy to pay transfer fee’s in excess of £20m, but not the huge wages that such players command. Both the board and Wenger are in agreement that the club needs new blood but the problem of the strict wage structure is hampering any potential deals.

The failure to secure the signing of Juan Mata 2 weeks ago is also down to this dispute, as the board refused to meet his wage demands and as soon as Chelsea entered the race they were able to offer substantially more to the player.

This news will be a surprise to many Arsenal fans, who vent their anger at Arsene Wenger for the lack of transfer activity. But it’s vital this row is resolved soon as it’s clear Arsenal need to sign players before the window closes on the 31st August.

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38 Comments

  1. hec

    August 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

    If this is true , then Arsene Wenger is vindicated and an innocent to all the criticism.

    Why do we have to pay the likes of Bendtner/Diaby/etc.etc such large wages for the rubbish football we get from them, pay for quality not quantity.

    • samuel

      August 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      You obviously mean Arshavin,75 -000 pound
      a week to clown about on the pitch Walcott
      55-000 pound to miss plumb in front of goals,these two clowns cost Arsenal dea
      rly last season by blazing inch perfect
      passes over or wide of the opposition goal
      ,watch games you were watching ?

    • XX

      August 23, 2011 at 2:58 am

      WENGER SHOULD LEAVE IF HE DOES AGREE WITH THE BOARD. I DO NOT BELIEVE ANY OF THIS.

  2. GunnerPete

    August 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

    As a true Gunner of 62 years I can varify that throughout my time ,The Arsenal boards have always been negative and anti spend. When David Dein left & Fizman died all our modern and successful negotiators went with them. I can remember fantastic teams built by great managers only to be destroyed by the Arsenal board cashing in on the success of the manager. Just look at what the board did after Billy Wright built the team from our kids that Bertie mee cashed in on to win the UEFa Cup and the double in two years..’got rid of Charlie George, Ray Kennedy and McLintock our greatest players of that era. The same board did the same to George Graham after he built the great championship winners & cup winners in the late 80’s..Sold Rocky, Thomas, etc. Now we have our greatest manager who has been lied to, and left out to dry whilst they hide from the press. If Arsene was given the same clear field he had when dein was there we would now have some fantastic team..and our greatest players would not have been sold by this board of lowlifes…Arsene please stay for this season and walk out with dignity after that.

    • ChrisGunner4Life

      August 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Gunnerpete. I don’t think the situation at Arsenal can be explained better, you said it all.
      Lets hope and pray we just get through to the group stage on Wednesday maybe, just maybe we can be able to get in some good enough quality.

    • Perry S

      August 23, 2011 at 1:08 am

      GunnerPete — Same one from arsenal.theoffside.com? Always good reading your comments as you & I align on our stance with Wenger. Much respect…

    • DJ HASSAN

      August 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

      Good One Pete! Really great comment on Arsenal History! Even within last 15 years we have seen this happening all the time and cursed Wenger! Why would a manager (will always) want to sell his best stars!!!?? To maximize the revenue of the club and minimize his own success by not winning enough medals!!!! Of course Wenger is at fault to some extent (blind can see that) bcaz he helped this process by succeeded with young new squads again and again….

  3. ganiyu kamil

    August 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I have known this for a long time,take for instance.
    The promise to give arsene 60m pounds this summer for. Purchase
    Of good players. Ask them, where is the money,
    They are relying on fabrigas n nasri money.
    The entire board shld be sack. Let arsene walk waay

  4. Scott

    August 22, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Amazing that ANYONE with half a brain had not known this all along.
    Seriously,i am sick to death of explaining to people that Wenger is an employee,therefore answerable to a board if directors.
    There is absolutely no way known that this man would not have loved to sign world class talent over the years,and to suggest that it has been his decision to NOT spend money is naive,and plain ridiculous.
    Seriously,I do not know how some people find their way home each day,as thinking is obviously very difficult.
    Maybe I am just extra intelligent lol.

    • william

      August 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Spot on mate.I thought it was the board all along and i am amazed hearing so many people slagging off Wenger.I got to the point of feeling sorry for him because i think he is just trying to be loyal by not going public with this.These morons constantly having a go at Wenger need to stop and just think who is really in control of the money.

  5. Scotty RSA

    August 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

    At a stage I was thinking that the Board should by the players if AW wasn’t going to spend the cash, but then i did some research and a lot of what i found was i the lines of this article which points not at AW but at the board itself. So now as Gooners around the globe start to get the true facts of the matter and start apologizing to AW for ill directed blasphemy, it makes us think “where do we stand with the board”,”what can we do now”,”does the board even care about us if the dont allow the manager to gain the necessary tools ie: players needed to win”. Average managers have made a name for themselves as well as their clubs purely because their club’s board allows them to get the players needed and realize that as a club if you want to win you need to spend. by winning you will bring in more money than by coming 4th. these product sales from winning at the end of the day pays the extra wage bills.

  6. g clarke

    August 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

    arab and russian money being tipped into football without worry of getting it back is distorting the league fans cant expect sane normal people to do this m c has load off players they cant get rid of because of wages when they loan they have to sub wages. agents jump on this demand. do the fa want to go down this road?

    • Hass

      August 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      At least the owners at Manchester City, and perhaps Chelsea want succes what can you say about the owners at Arsenal? They just want to keep the balance sheets way up and pocket in however much money they can fit.

      • Perry S

        August 23, 2011 at 1:15 am

        I’d rather earn my trophy than buy it.

        • XX

          August 23, 2011 at 3:01 am

          HOW DO YOU BUY A TROPHY? MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL. ALL PLAYERS ARE ULTIMATELY “BOUGHT”, THEREFORE, THE IDEA THAT SOME CLUBS EARN TROPHIES IS UNTRUE.

          • Mills

            August 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

            I think he means live within our mean, not run enormous debt that will only kill push us to capitulation further down the line (read Portsmouth, Leads, etc)

  7. Oz

    August 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Not entirely convinced. We all know the board are a bunch of greedy money grabbing bastards, but Wenger has never said he wants to spend big or buy experienced players. He is obssessed with cheapo young players which as Miguel’s (who?) own goal shows, is useless. If there is no improvement by the end of August, then either the Board or Wenger should walk – or both.

    • hke

      August 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Your really don’t know what you’re talking about….

    • its me

      August 23, 2011 at 2:45 am

      that kind of goal????oh..please…even world class CD make those unintended mistake…

  8. Silver0.1

    August 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you.!

  9. stu

    August 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    if no transfers – I DEMAND Kroenke to come out and explain situation

    if not sell up to usmanov and get david dein back in

    if you want arsenal to be a top side then you have to pay top transfer fees and top wages!!!!

  10. isaac

    August 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Trust with current crop, good times are way ahead. Even if its board policy, aren’t there good playmakers for way less, shinji kagawa is too good yet under rated, and just 22.
    Then a player like mauro zarate many of you may diasgree but he gives you multi options on the wing, he shoots,dribbles, has pace and good sense of movement, he can take u an extra mile that walcott won’t.(Or compliment). Then andrei, tomasz, their good days are way behind them,they should be in anzhi and slavia/sparta prague respectively. Then diaby’s case is complicated vieira like physique,great dribbler but terribly lazy and he never fits in a 3 man midfield. Then I side with wenger cahill does rate that highly above koscielny but may be supplementary with djohan. But keep fingers crossed for europe, coz I see a disaster ahead, sort of tsunami

  11. jonah

    August 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    gooners in England kindly represent us coz we are far and we cant meet those idiots eye to eye,lucky are they,among the Board members is there any former footballer,and if any then,he is an HYENA.A Real gooner.wish allArsenal players luck on wednesday in Italy,we love you all,God help you qualify.we support you globally.AMEN.

  12. Top Cat

    August 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I’m not being smart – but Kronke couldn’t care less what any of you think.

  13. Abdul-Rauf Sadiq

    August 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Pls Wenger dnt break our hearts this season, bring in more talented players to give us something this season.PLEASE SPEND THE MONEY THIS SEASON,WE KNOW U ARE THE GODFATHER OF YOUNGSTERS.I WISH U ALL THE BEST IN THE TRANSFER MARKET.

  14. eldiablo

    August 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    We know that the Arsenal board is not letting Wenger bu players that demand so much money…Wenger has always tried to sign big players apart from young talent..it explains that Wenger is innocent to all the critics that stupid naive fans don’t understand

  15. Abdul-Rauf Sadiq Frm Ghana

    August 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Go and bring dede,kaka,jagielka and rest to let cesc and samir be inshame this season.

  16. john

    August 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    At the end of the its always the fans v the board we want the best they want the cheapest unfortunately it cost us a lot more than them

  17. Timi

    August 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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    • DanGooner

      August 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

      Please…
      Don’t post any more of this this crap!

  18. ruelando

    August 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    If this story is true it explains a lot, but wenger must have made a deal with the board somehow, he must be quite dedicated to the board in order to be taking so many cheap shots from the fans

  19. Hass

    August 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Yeah I used to think Arsene Wenger was stingy as well but during this transfer window I’ve calculated expenses and departures and have come to the conclusion that it is in fact the board that are the actual stingy ones, not willing to have star players here, becuase they care too much about the money, and for that reason Arsenal are one of the stingiest clubs when it comes to signings. Thats why I felt a little sorry for Wenger (for the first time) when we lost aginst Wenger. Which board says there is £40m available to spend but we don’t spend a single penny of that instead, we financed all the transfers coming in so far this season from the money made from Clichy and Fabregas, true or not?

  20. umoren

    August 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Wenger deserve what he gets. The board may b stingy,but wenger is a collaborator. If not,why has he refused to voice out his position like Benitez did at inter? my advice 2 fans is dont boo players, boycot matches. An empty stadium wil protest louder.

    • ArsenalForever2004

      August 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      Do not talk rubbish. Use your brain – you want him to do this when we have important games coming up? When Benitez did this at Inter and Liverpool, both teams collapsed into horrible form. Not to mention he would get sacked and Wenger is an honorable man who sticks to his contract (not a AKB by the way, a fan but can openly admit his flaws). Even if I recommended him doing this, this is not the right time ahead of a Champions League play-off match which could determine our short term future as a rot could start if we fail to qualify and then subsequently fail to get the required players to guarantee a top 4 finish.

    • DanGooner

      August 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

      come on. things may not be rosie at the mo but whatever 11 players are on the pitch need support. how are any of the players that are constantly getting critisised going to get a lift with booing and an already quiet stadium?

      Have you ever even been to the emirates?

  21. Osi

    August 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Don’t be surprised that some are surprised by this news because naivety is the norm in the English football supporters. There are people who are in charge and responsible to shareholders and they’re called board of directors; they have to take all profit making, investment and the long term strategy of the club, and they’re liable in front of the shareholders, the public, government and the community. If anyone believes that it’s Wenger who don’t want to buy then there’s nothing we can do to convince them.

    Yes Wenger is magicien and visionary who’s loyal and don’t run after money. However, it’s stretch to claim that he doesn’t want success anymore or that he started to love young players to develop.

    If one reads carefully, analyse the statements of the Wenger on the Arsenal Football Club strategy, and ambitions, one can see the painful truth: that he’s restricted by the board and the financial situations of the club rather than he’s obstinate philosophy. The board of course is cashing on his past success, reputation, name and loyalty. And Wenger of course is taking all the blame. However, it’s also problematic to put all the blame on the board of directors because we all know that after the decision to build stadium on debt others players emerged on the market and invaded the football market with some heavy investments. That was unexpected when Arsenal decided to build the stadium and therefore, restrict their player buying abilities and wage structure.

    From now that all bad debts are cleared and that we improved our commercial side of the club we can expect the board and the manager to invest heavily in the team.

    Patience dear fans we will definitely see some improvements in the coming 2 years.

    • DanGooner

      August 23, 2011 at 12:12 am

      Well put. good to see a level headed view on here.
      Thanks

    • Tiger

      August 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

      Agreed.

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