Now that the the transfer window is only a few weeks away from flying open, much is expected of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger this summer.
Big commercial deals has helped bring upwards of £70million into the Arsenal transfer war chest and big name players are wanted by the fans.
The likes of Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain, Marouane Fellaini and even former hero Cesc Fabregas have been linked with the club this summer. But Arsene Wenger is unlikely to break his famously stubborn attitude when it comes to spending.
The myth that Arsenal have only just had money available to spend, hides Wenger's frugal nature behind a wall of denial and deceit. They had money last season and the year before that.
Ivan Gazidiz himself said this during a Q&A with the fans and that Wenger chose not use the resources available to him.
Why should we expect Wenger to act any differently this year? He is notoriously stubborn and doesn't like being told what to do. The Frenchman has an idea of the way he thinks things should be done and he won't accept any outside advice or constructive criticism.
He has a reputation for acquiring young players with promise for a small fee and gradually integrating them into the first team - an admirable idea, but not a successful one in the current environment. Yaya Sanogo appears to be on his way and is typical of Arsenal's recent strategy.
Money does bring success these days. PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea are all examples of this. Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have also recognised the need to spend big on the best players if they are to be successful on the pitch.
Surprisingly enough they have all enjoyed an abundance of success while Arsenal have lingered in the realm of mediocrity for eight years.
I'm not suggesting that Arsenal have been able to spend £50million on a single player, but they can certainly pay £20million.
The socialist wage structure at the club is another massive problem, paying the likes of Johan Djourou and Sebastian Squillaci nearly as much as Robin van Persie or Fabregas is illogical to say the least. Wages are decided by Wenger and this again has been confirmed by Ivan Gazidiz.
The players Wenger has bought in the last few years have been a disappointment overall. Gervinho, Andre Santos, Squillaci, Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin have been nothing but wastes of space. Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have been average with Santi Cazorla the bright light in a long list of painfully average players.
Ivan Gazidiz's quotes about finally being able to compete with the biggest European clubs came just a day before the deadline for season ticket renewals. Coincidence? I think not.
I hope to see £25 million pound players arriving at Arsenal this summer, but i'm also a realist. Do you think Arsenal and Wenger will finally break their habits and let the class back onto the pitch instead of just off it? Leave your thoughts below.
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