Ok, so had a post ready this morning… but I need sign off type thing. So the post is late.
What have I missed?
Members day. That happened. Flamini was there. So why wasn’t I?
Well, work you see.
Wenger also ran a press conference. He spoke some words.
The main debate pinging about is that Jose Mourinho is playing games stating that Wenger is, in fact, buying the title.
Then there’s been some stories that Chelsea spend more money that us. They do, but only if you look at the literal spend.
Arsenal fans spent years bragging about how we’d spent -£78m over at 5 year period. We can’t now turn around and say net spend isn’t relevant.
Net spend is ALWAYS relevant. That’s business. To ignore this is commercial naivety.
Chelsea have a lower net spend than us because they’ve sold a tonne of players for mega money. Their goal was FFP compliance and they smashed it.
Good for them.
Why does anyone care if our spend is higher than Chelsea?
We have money. We’re spending it. If we weren’t, we’d be bemoaning our lack of ambition.
In fact, I’d say 90% of the Arsenal fans out there are pretty damn upset that we haven’t spunked at least £200m on a striker this summer.
Mourinho is a wind up merchant. His whole career has been predicated on spending massive amounts of money. He’s dropped about a billion in his career. He’s an incredible manager and he’d always be an incredible manager… but he’s kidding no one when he bitches about Wenger dropping dollar.
Anyway, I have to return to work.
So keep it real and I’ll catch you with an exclusive tomorrow.