Morning Gooners! So the big news in the press this morning is two fold.
Firstly, Ivan Gazidis is talking about a new long term deal for Arsene Wenger, which to be quite frank, seems far too premature.
The second bit of news is that Ivan has gone on the record stating Arsenal could spend £200k a week on a single player. He’s been telling the world that we have more firepower than ever before… but he’s insisting it’s down to Arsene to decide if he wants to use it.
So what does this mean?
Well, for me it says that we’re about to do something major. You don’t talk about a new deal for a manager who has no intention of taking advantage of the cash that’s been made available. Well, not when you’re the CEO of a club like Arsenal. If Ivan announces a deal for Wenger now and there’s nothing to show for the summer, it’ll be a huge PR gaff. He must have something up his sleeve…
Now, trying to join the dots… if there were a player in the world we could do a fast deal for… it could only be Cesc Fabregas. Here’s how I’m loosely connecting it all.
1. The only way Barca can recoup what they spent on the Spaniard is by selling him for £60m. That’s not going to happen. We’re the only club that can give them £30m.
2. David Dein came out and said it was possible. Why would he say that if he didn’t have an insight.
3. Cesc’s agent is Darren Dein. He’s kind of related to David.
4. Arsene has been in dialogue with Cesc
5. Barca need to free up some funds… and they owe us for Alex Song.
So that’s my theory if there is a deal that Arsenal want to announce sharpish. I have no lead on anything like that. I’m just struggling to work out how Arsenal can even be contemplating a new deal for a manager who has stagnated to the point where you wonder whether he can ever kick on from a top 4 battler. For me, he needs to prove he can build a team. I appreciate when the rest of the league is going through turmoil, stability is king… but come on, let’s see something from Arsene before we start dishing out new deals. If for anything, to avoid complacency.
The other delicious rumour doing the rounds this morning is the one that centres around a move for Everton monster Fellaini. Apparently we’re interested in activating his release clause or £24m… and we’re ahead of Chelsea and United for his signature. He’s a big name, a needed requirement and he’d get everyone excited. Prem experienced in his prime. What a move that would be…
So, there we have it. Ball is back in Wenger’s court. Ivan has come out and told the world we’re the real deal, the question is, does the manager have it in him to make the jump into the big leagues? Can he handle major budgets? Can he resist budget buys? Can he make Arsenal a force again…
I’m hearing we’re still trying to go big… and I’m praying Ivan wouldn’t be so brash if he didn’t believe that as well.
… watch this space people.