Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has sparked anger among fans by claiming the club cannot compete financially in the transfer market.
Those were the words that met my eyes when I logged in to Mirror transfer market news in the hope that Arsenal had done something while I was asleep. #Hope
There’s not much to say about our usual dithering. Only this time, I don’t think it’s Arsene behind this one. I think it’s powers bigger than Arsene pulling the strings at the moment.
In an interview with the New York Times, Ivan was reported to have said that Arsenal cannot afford to make the sort of purchases other clubs are:
“We would not be successful if we simply went out into the transfer market and tried to outgun our competitors,” he said.
“We’re run in a self-sustaining way, and a way that we believe in, because we believe it gives us certainty for the future, and enables us to plan our future with confidence.
“That means we can’t afford to make huge mistakes in the transfer market. We can’t afford to outgun competitors that have far more money to splurge on transfer fees than we do.
“So we have to be very careful, very selective about how we do things.”
This makes me mighty scared of the season ahead and of the morale of the stars we have. What must they be thinking? With Per out, we need two defenders and not one, because Per is almost done his sell-by date. And there’s the striker conundrum especially as Welbeck’s sidelines till Jesus comes…and that’s not too far away, if I might add.