TWO DAYS WITH NO POST.
Sorry, I was crushed by advertising challenges. If you don’t plug those leaks, eventually there will be a flood my friends. Let that be a potent lesson to those sleeping in wet tents.
Right, what have we today?
John Cross and Sami Mokbel both reckon AFC has £45m to spend this summer.
David Ornstein told Arsecast there’s £100m to spend.
A CLASH OF THE MIGHTY ITK.
To be absolutely straight with you, I had heard the lower number from the same places that I hear good things from.
As Gambon from the comments pointed out, it’s way too fucking early to talking budgets.
We could finish 4th and earn an extra £40m next season… or we could finish 8th and not make Europe at all.
5- Arsenals revenue for next season will be c£450m without CL football, £470m with CL football. In 2016/17 Arsenal had revenues of £420m, and had a net spend of £92m. Arsenal can afford to repeat their spending of 2016/17 with a £450m predicted revenue.
— Gambon (@TheMightyGambon) February 5, 2019
So here’s where the whole thing gets a bit blurred… yes, we should be able to spend a lot of money, but Sami Mokbel is very well connected, and say what you want about John Cross, the man knows all the tea ladies behind the scenes. What I’m saying here is the club is briefing a low number and they are doing it on purpose.
Well, they could be greasing the wheels to sell a major player that won’t be popular. Lacazette, our super-saucy-swag-machine of a striker could be on the way out because let’s be real, he’s the most saleable asset we have going into the summer.
Stan K could be keen to rein in our expenditure now he’s taken us private. Remember the e-mail for money saving that went to all the staff? That could point to tighter days.
It could be that absolute Arsenal classic: ‘Why would you tell people you are rich?’
The strategy is unclear and the leak feels very odd after Josh K literally told Jonathan Wilson he wanted to win the Champions League a few days ago.
Anyway, if the money is £45m, it’s going to be a tough summer.
Interesting that Ornstein also said there were disagreements about Suarez, and that the club really fancied Perisic.
The good times are certainly not going to land if that’s the future of our deals.
I’m even a little worried about the Monchi hire. The jury is out on the Roma tenure despite a great run the Champions League. I’d argue that he oversold after his first season, now his team are languishing a bit. Everything looks a little bit like we’re loading the club up with Europa League talent, which doesn’t leave me feeling even slightly aroused.
Still, one thing is for sure, it does seem like the reason for not purchasing was related to value more than cash flow. We could easily have dropped a madness last month. We didn’t, which shows we learnt a lesson.
Right, I have to go back to my world of hell and cry into a branded hoodie.
Big love to you all, thanks for standing by me during times of pain. x
P.S. I thought this infographic was amazing for how misleading it is.
Klopp didn’t spend £70m and took over Oct 15, spending £5.1m in his first transfer window.
That number for Poch is from his Southampton days.
Koeman dropped 45 in his first 24 for Southampton and didn’t make the list.
Conte smashed the list and was available last summer. What? I’m just saying? Damn, you are so touchy…