Following our recent disappointments the blogs have been awash with requests for Arsenal to spend money – big money, in summer. Apparently, it was our lack of spending in 2015 that has led to our current situation.
Some blame Kroenke for not investing into the team; calling for him to sell his shares to Jabba the Hut who will buy Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Pogba etc etc and thereby bring back the glory days.
Perhaps, but let’s look elsewhere to see if this is true.
I will start in Spain and at the second biggest club in world football, Real Madrid. Note I wrote second. RM spend on a massive scale, they have the two most expensive players in history and have spent hundreds of millions on their squad.
RM won what in 2015? I will tell you … nothing. Zip. De Nada. Rien.
Let’s come closer to home and look at the Premier League.
Nett biggest spenders … MC, MU, Chavs, L’pool. How are these 4 clubs faring this season? As of today, they are all behind the mighty Gunners.
Arsenal have spent €250m less than MU,CFC and MC over the last 5 seasons and €140m less than Liverpool.
To be fair, MC and CFC have won stuff but MU and L’pool, despite huge investment haven’t and are unlikely to in the near future. For them money has not been able to buy silverware.
Mr Wenger has often talked about financial doping and it’s negative effect. Just look at France and Italy. Their leagues are ruined by the massive spending power of the two main clubs, PSG and Juventus.
I am definitely not saying that Arsenal do not need to buy players, we clearly do but let’s be realistic – throwing money at the team is only part of the project to take us to success.
In my opinion some tweaking, a couple of quality signings and good fortune with injuries will see us dominate the PL for many years top come.
Written by Big Raddy