I’m hitting you with a DOUBLE today because that’s just how free content can and sometimes WILL roll.
The reason is, I forgot to talk about the most boring transfer saga since we nearly tried to sign Higuain. Or Suarez. Or Alonso.
It’s been reported that we’ve bid for Wilfried Zaha. £40m + Chambers.
That’s a pretty sweet deal, but I would say somewhat derisory if you are Palace and you expect £100m.
I think the move has been made to look even more pitiful because we are cutting up the monies like we’re trying to pay off 5 years worth of credit cards at 23 years old with one helpful manageable payment.
Here’s what we don’t know…
What is the truth of this bid?
Is it for real?
Or are we back in the, ‘meh, we tried’ phase of transfers?
The numbers from Swiss Ramble are bleak.
Our wage bill is hideous. Our revenue is regressing. We’re having to sell players to pad the numbers. We only just stopped paying Wenger. Things are not moving positively.
It’s quite staggering the largesse that has gone on to allow that… Ivan Gazidis looks like and 80s corporate raider when you see the money he was extracting from the club towards the end.
But we are where we are… this is Arsenal, it needs to be reset in a big way and it’s questionable whether we’re going to do that buying in 27-year-olds that have limited resale value.
The very notion of Zaha is short termist and we’ve seen time and time again that short-termism on less than elite players is not a smart way of climbing back into the big time when the 4th best team in the league just bought the best young midfielder in the world.
Arsenal need to think about the future, we need to start being strategic and we need to move away from buying second-tier players and giving them monster deals we can’t escape a year later.
My point being, even if the Zaha bid is real, is it moving the needle? Is it doing anything to prove that we’re serious about Champions League? Not for me.
Right, that’s me done.
P.S. Look at how cute my niece is in her new Arsenal shirt.