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It’s transfer season and as much as I’d like to set my HTC One screensaver to the food feed on my reading list, it’s hard when football journalists peddle juicy prospects of news untrue. A girl’s allowed to dream.
This leads me to the Jackson Martinez story which has been on for 2 seasons. Right now, we don’t know what to believe. First, he’s been making come-get-me pleas via interviews, extolling the virtues of our club and such, talking about how he’s such a fan, how he’s been a fan.
But then again, aren’t they all.
We’ll never know if it was his agent inciting all that talk, or whether he truly wanted to hang out with us. One thing I know though, is that as much as some Gunners wanted the highest goalscorer in the Portuguese League (myself included), Wenger was never going to buy him.
For that price?
At 28 years old?
It’s not that Wenger doubted the ability of the player but I think he, and though I hate to admit it, every astute businessman no matter how wealthy always wants a reasonably prolonged return on investment. I think Martinez would have given us, maximum of 1.5 years.
Let’s keep emotions aside and the fact that we want Arsenal to win the League so bad; that’s bad investment. I’m a business lawyer, I know what I’m talking about.
You say if we bought Martinez we would have had a shot at winning the League. That’s the problem mate, a shot. The probability of making a return on investment from a player that might not be able to give us that same shot in say, 3 years isn’t good for commercials and isn’t good for our bank account if, you add his weekly wage which might have been in the region of £80,000 – £100,000/week.
I’d rather a 25 or 26 year old player. Nonetheless, I’m getting tired of strikers with ‘potential’, I want proven quality.
Right, that’s it from me today.
Closing early from work