Gazidis talks about summer spending, and well …

188

Ivan Gazidis has talked about Arsenal’s transfer intentions, and has hinted that the club will look to the lower leagues to find players, in much the same way that Leicester did.

The Premier League champions plucked players like N’Golo Kante and Riyah Mahrez from relative obscurity in France, the Arsenal Chief Executive has highlighted that as a potential market for Arsenal.

Speaking to ESPN, he said, “Leicester identified players from the French second division, so maybe there’s talent that we’ve been overlooking. They did their talent identification well, they had great unity within the group, as well as quality.

“It wasn’t built on money. It was built on the great fitness work they did. It was built on all of these other elements. I think that’s going to be a continuing trend within the Premier League.”

Arsenal have spent £35m on Granit Xhaka, but the Swiss international remains the only signing of note so far this summer.

Gazidis, despite the fact that Arsenal have more cash at hand than any other club in world football, and are flush like everyone else with an outrageous amount of TV money, still played down the club’s spending power.

“We’re making progress in what is a fiercely competitive world, against competitors that have the capability to spend far more money than we do,” he said.

“We’re doing it by being very, very disciplined; spending money where we believe it makes a difference, but also giving young players a chance and believing in ourselves and our values.”

Is that a sign that the club aren’t willing to use the money they have to sign players to make the team truly competitive? It may just be playing it down as we try and act in the market, but seasoned Arsenal watchers will be somewhat worried.

Still, don’t worry, the fact that the Premier League is more competitive now is a bonus for us because that means you can get away without massive spending. At least it seems like that’s the implication when he talks about how more teams than ever are potential title contenders.

“I think it’s fantastic news for the Premier League, I think it’s fantastic news for fans of football,” he said.

“And I think it’s good news for fans of Arsenal because I think the keys to success will be how well you do things, and not just about financial firepower.”

Is there a ‘deep sigh’ emoji? Because I really want to use that now.

🙄

That’s as close as we can get.

Leave a Reply

188 Comments on "Gazidis talks about summer spending, and well …"

avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
wes

FFS!

Rob67

And some Arsenal ‘fans’ wonder why there is such hostility to Gazedis and his toupeed mentor.if we do nothing and all our rivals the opposite and this goes belly up like we know it will, last seasons protest will be but a taster of what comes next March.

JJ's Bender

You can call Arsene many things but he is definitely not follically challenged!

How dare you!

bleh

I’m sure he meant Kroenke

JJ's Bender

…and don’t quote the word ‘fans’ when we simply have a different opinion to you

Rob67

I’ll use it just as I chose. And I’ll do so because it is entirely appropriate. ‘Fans’ as in “Arsenal fans”. As opposed to those who give every indication that they are primarily fans of either the Clubs owner ; or one of it’s employees.

JJ's Bender

Because there are so many who support The Arsenal because of Kroenke….?!

Brilliant observation

Ralph77

I’m a big fan of it’s football kicking employees. I like the older fellow on the sideline too. He seems nice.

'fans' ?

Rob67…don’t you realise that it’s only the ultra-positives who have the right to question other people’s love for the club because they have a different opinion ?
Surely you know by now that saying anything remotely negative about the club / manager / players (no matter how reasonable it may be) makes your opinion redundant…….

assistantref

To be fair, he’s damned no matter what he says here. If he tros out the old “we have tons of money” line, he gets crucified for that. If he says “we can’t compete,” he gets crucified for that.

What he says doesn’t really matter here, it’s what the club does. If the club had just signed Higuain or Lacazette and he said those same things everybody would be happy about them.

Stuck on repeat...

He could try being more honest than continually the conflicting nonsense he keeps repeating year after year.

Fully understand that it makes no sense to say we are flash with cash & desperate to spend it. But the flip side is stop promising to invest when there is a clearly a reluctance somewhere.

This shrewd game of playing your cards close to the chest, is slightly less believable when pretty much everyone already knows what cards you’re holding (have cash & need a striker).

locksley444

You know what he could do? Buy Icardi/Lacazette/aubameyang and then say “Oh we had to plan and build the club carefully to get here, and didn’t spend a rich owner’s money”. Think everyone would be happy with that.

IamaGoober

We.
Are.
Fucked.

Arsenalista

Welcome to Arsenal FC Ltd

SizC

Has he just figured out what we already knew???
(where does he think Kos and clichy came from???)

Third Plebeian

The funny thing about this is that any of us should be surprised.

We all know exactly how this season is going to go. Like every other season. A failure to properly strengthen in the summer, followed by one half of the season played extremely well, and the other half played with form in the toilet, smattered throughout by longterm injuries that cruelly expose the failure to properly strengthen in the summer. Repeat ad nauseum.

Maybe all we have to do is learn to play the piano, feed the homeless man on the corner, buy life insurance from Needlenose Ned, save a choking man, and throw a big party for the whole town?

DontForget

Yep. Xhaka will be our only first team signing this summer. Live with it. 😭

La Défense

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you’re wrong.

DontForget

From the bottom of my heart, I wish I was wrong. But I saw this movie last year. I remember checking Twitter incessantly for Benzema updates. Even when he trolled us with his picture I thought maybe it could still happen. Nope.

SB

While there is a dearth of striker options, we could/should easily improve our right side attack.

When did Mourinho and Europa League become more attractive than Wenger and Champions League? Still, there are other possibilities like Mahrez!

To be fair to Wenger he has unearthed many good and great players…but of late there have been very few Vieras, Henrys, Gilbertos. Instead, we have struggled with players like Walcott, Szcz, even Ox, Chambers – plenty of potential but haven’t been able to transform into consistent match winners. There are few success stories like Bellarin, Kos but the success rate seems to have gone down amongst the likes of Denilson, TGSTEL, etc.

Easy tiger

And just time for the STR.Bastard

La Défense

😭😭😭😭😭😭

lollo

great thinking Ivan ! we might drop on another Chamakh..Park Chu Young…Bendtner…Aliadiere..Gervinho..Sonogo .. No Emoji so I will just SIIIIIIIIIIIGH

Putney S.

This does sounds to me like they are trying to lower the fans expectations. Seems unnecessary, we started the summer trying to buy 29 year old possibly-one-season-wonder Vardy for 20 mil. You know Plan B isn’t going to be Griezmann…

Ross

The return of TGSTEL perhaps…..

Gooner4Life

I will postpone my “Same old, same old” comment until after the transfer window closes. Regardless, it seems we are going to leave our business for a last minute trolley dash, if at all. sigh

Gooniegoogoo

This is my suspicion too. If we sign a striker it will be in the last hour of the window. Just hope the fax machine is plugged in at the other end.

Bendtner's Ego

This Wenger yes-man can fuck right off.

The money is THERE.

We’ll earn more than we ever have this year. We don’t need ten £4M players, that’s the Tottenham way. Where does the money go if you don’t spend it? Kroenke dividends?? It sure isn’t going to ticket price reductions.

Buy bigger priced players who can perform. Flog the losers off to China (previously Turkey) for inflated transfer fees.

Granit(e) hard!

agree fully, plus Tottenham dont even buy that cheap any more!

“unearthing gems” indeed!..what nonsense!…sounds to me like the arsenal pr machine beginning to make excuse for what they already know is going to be yet another disappointing transfer window for club and fans!

I am really fed up of this perennial under investment in the squad and consequent under achievement…what is wrong with this man and spending money??”unearthing gems” from the lower leagues is a game of “hit or miss” and so it’s a game that clubs that have serious ambitions about winning the league can’t afford to play!…they pay top money for “ready” quality players.

I think its sensible to lower our expectations now, because for me, this statement speaks volumes about our transfer intentions. shame though, because we are nearly there…..but then that’s being the case for the past few seasons!

TTT

doom

Hayatu

and gloom

Rupi

when things go boom, in Ivan’s lab!

Smug git

😥

Jags

Well said that man Ivan. Give chance to youth players. Why have a youth team if you are not going to give them a chance. I highly rate the players we have.

DR

Yeah, absolutely right. We should infact disband the whole first team and play a team comprising of U-21s and 18s. Whats the point of having the youth team otherwise?

*Note: our youth team was playing second division until last season.

Tim

Thank you! This perception our youth team is made out of future Messi’s and Ronaldo’s is ridiculous.

No doubt a product of football Manager thinking, but our academy struggles to produce a single first team player (JW10 doesn’t even deserve a starting berth) – let alone substitute the massive deficiencies at CF, RF, and CB.

Andy Mack

Didn’t we get Joel, Iwobi and Bellerin as ‘Youths’?

Andy Mack

And Coquelin…

The Great Ex-Priest Tobin
The Great Ex-Priest Tobin

Not only will we not sign a new striker, but Ozil and Alexis will leave out of frustration in the near future as so many of our best players have in the past.

Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho
Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho

Well said, I see them leaving soon 🙁

I can understand his logic about Leicester and their gem unearthing scouting network, but you NEED proven talent too.

Unfortunately in this seasons market, you have to pay over the odds, I think Wenger is just too proud or stupid to do that.

Not saying we need 6 players but look at how quickly Dortmund have moved to freshen up their squad after losing talented players like Hummels, Mkhitaryan etc.

They brought Dembele (highly rated youngster),
Rode,
Guerrero (we were interested in him, played in Euro 2016, won it with Portugal),
Marc Bartra (Over 100 appearances as a CB for Barcelona)

There’s a logic to buying your signings early in terms of team cohesion and tactical understanding, guys like Tuchel and Mourinho understand this, but I’m not sure Wenger does.

If you have to pay £10/15 mil over the quoted fee, especially when there’s competition, DO IT!!

Rant over

arsenalislife

Add Goetze to that list.

Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho
Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho

My bad, the most important one!

AKB(Not the one your thinking of
AKB(Not the one your thinking of

And Schurrle….Dortmund this time may even improve on previous teams…..and that is called ambition. Rather than pocketing the gains from selling selfish players like Mikitaryan, they reinvest to get players like Gotze and now they look better than last season

Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho
Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho

preach

ChrisGoona

We should have tied them to new longer term contracts by now. The uncertainty of whether we will sign a striker or not has stalled them it seems and understandably so.

I have the utmost respect for Wenger and his values, but there are no excuses for not having signed a striker ALREADY. Targets would/should have been identified before the season ended by the scouting department, so why are we risking such a crucial position? We have the cash but where is the determination to get the players we need?

Dan Davidson

How about this one 😩 Or this one 😱 Maybe even this 😞. Us gooners understand frugal. We don’t need the Leicester analogy. Ironic that it was Leicester who we failed to prise our No 1 striking target from! With the money in the game and the fact everyone in the prem is spending it… Sometimes you go to make that statement signing. Hiw much do you want for Aubameyang? There you go. Griezmann? £75 mill? No problem. If we don’t Ozil and Sanchez are going to walk, make no mistake. If you want the best sometimes you’ve got to pay the money!

Silent Stan

I think if we don’t sign another player we’ll still do fine and probably finish top 4. Unlikely we’ll win the league but as long as we are top 4 that’s all that matters isn’t it? Isn’t it?

Norwegiangooner

Problem isn’t Wenger. As this here shows the problem lies with Ivan and the board who is controlled by you know who. And we all know his interest isn’t to see our players lift trophies.

Begeegs

“We back Arsene when he has a plan. We stay quiet when he doesn’t” – Sir Chips Keswick.

Sounds like the plan is similar to Chicken Little Wenger who thinks that the football world is on the brink of financial collapse every day, so better not to spend any money.

Ashburton grove 1942

Bring back David Dein, it’s as simple as that

broken red army

the man advised us against the American board and left Arsenal when even fans didnt show him respect for the years, the deals and the squad he made available for Arsene. I always see him as a wisest Arsenal man ever. never fucked around in negotations. never predicted or advised wrong and obviously he was a fan (unlike Mr. Kroenke who says he’s “amazed by fandom” as he is not one himself.) and of course as an ambitious Arsenal man he is not welcome for our owners benefits.

Andy Mack

Apart from him wanting us to play at Wembley rather than our own stadium…

Jeremy O Dwyer

I know Dein did a lot of great things for Arsenal and loved the club but he was also against the stadium move, wanted us to rent Wembley, and was the person who originally wanted kronke involved.

I’m not saying he didn’t do a lot of good for Arsenal but he wasn’t perfect.

broken red army

so you think had us moved to Wembley we’d be in a worse position now? no league title since 2004. no power to keep our legends or bring sought after players in. and the worst getting used to low standards and no ambition? and of course after rebuilding and upgrading Highbury while at Wembley was the plan.

Andy Mack

No, Dein wanted us to take on Wembley and sell Highbury.
The Board considered that and just moving temporarily whilst upgrading Highbury buy all indications from Islington council were that we’d be lucky to increase the seating by more than 10% which was nowhere near adequate. So it came down to either a new stadium or Deins favourite of taking Wembley as our home.

Frankantz

Dein told it like it was. When he moved too quickly for our ageing useless board they ganged up and pushed him out. Say what you will about Dein. Yes, he was flashy and a self publicist. But he had a vision for Arsenal which involved us being the biggest club in the land winning countless titles.

DR

Oh yeah Leicester won the league by buying lower division players, hence we should go that way (As if we weren’t before this window)

10 PL seasons have happened since we last won the league and before Leicester becoming champions. 5 have been won by United 3 by Chelsea And 2 by city. But we wouldn’t look at their transfer activity becauselooking at Leicester is absolutely convenient for this board. This board has done nothing but brainwash some fans and make them believe we are doing great but the fact is our PL seasons have been just mediocre.

I am absolutely hopeless with this board. They are gonna eat money to death instead of spending to make this club stronger. I wish they fucking got it in their thick heads that success gets you more revenue (Since that is the only thing that matters to them). United, regardless how much us fans hate that club, are a prime example of that.

If this transfer market goes as usual, and so does are season, I don’t expect players like Sanchez and Ozil hanging around next season, forget attracting world class players.

Jags

United have spend every TW since Alex F left. Spending guarantees no trophy. City have a whole country supporting them financially. Chelsea have a dodgy Russian. Arsenal are spending soundly for the future.
If some of you toxic fan spend energy supporting the team, just maybe the team will win the league. I say it before and will say it again. Give youth a chance.

Nairobi's_DB10

in contrast, we have given youth a chance severally, we have not had much success. 2 major trophies In 10 years. So why should we not change tact? why not try actual proper spending? i e 2 or 3 times in a window instead of once every window?

Mootilated

United spent in a transition period, expecting world class to fill in all the holes in multiple positions, not giving the team enough time to gel. They also had two very poor managers. We do not. Why not use City as an example of spending for success? They’ve won 2 premier leagues and are now top 4 regulars? Or Chelsea? Theyve won 10+ trophies since 2005.

AGunner

This board is a joke. They made the wrong call sticking with Kroenke, they made the wrong call opting for a self sufficient business model because of him, and all that promise of being able to compete with the big clubs with transfers has turned out to be bullshit.

We still have to spend prudently, we’re still paying off the stadium debt, if our contacts with Puma & Emirates werent struck/renewed, we’d still be broke.

Wenger has been shackled down by the weight of all of this, he takes the heat for it all every season when we fall short. in actuality it’s Kroenke & the board who should take the heat.

David Dein warned the board years ago to go with Usmanov, but the pricks wouldn’t listen and now we’re stuck with an owner who refuses to invest any money into his “business” or even refuses to speak! We’re stuck with a business model that simply doesn’t work in the current footballing landscape and we have a board whose so content with the money they’re taking home that they have no footballing ambition.

What a shit situation.

Andy Mack

Dein introduced Kronke to the club, didn’t he?

DR

Oh Yeah?

Guess what United spending that money, playing shit football with the a crap manager still has only 1 trophy less than us. And I am comparing United’s 3 Years with Arsenal’s 10. So now, whats your point Jags?

Stillmatic

I don’t believe you’re a real person.
You’re some kind of Arsenal troll bot from the early 00s of the lean youth years that has escaped MSN messenger to enter the real world ala Agent Smith from the Matrix.

Gooner

We are not actually spending for the future. Clubs like Man city, Chelsea, Spurs were far behind us in terms of revenue. But due to the lack of success and signings, those clubs are catching up. If we are continuing this way, there will be a time when we cannot compete with those clubs.

Dan Davidson

I don’t think it is toxic to ask for a marque striker signing. It’s what clubs with ambition do!

Benriz

This. So much this.

Cannon fodder

Isn’t this the same guy who a few seasons ago said we could compete in the transfer market with anybody??

broken red army

some spanking from Stan and couple of millions from that 300 millions cash reserves of the time and he’s good boy now.

Goonersmurf

This club is hopeless

Mark_Kenyan

Comment:
I’m from Kenya and I’ll tell you all Arsenal is a big club very big the biggest here because most Man U fans here are glory hunters, most of us back here started watching premier league in late 90s early 2000s when PL started being televised . We call Henry ‘Baba’ which means Father in Swahili.
Anyway here we pay to watch Arsenal since we all cannot afford cable TV. People have set up businesses , find a stall, buy a big TV , pay for cable TV, charge people like equivalent of half a pound for each game and no matter the time of the day people will always pay to go and watch the Arsenal , no matter if it’s Alexis and all the big boys playing or the u19s . Our dream is to one day come to the UK and watch it with the gooners at the Emirates, even our wives know that a trip to the Emirates is the dream holiday, Arsenal before anything else.

Wenger is a frustrating figure, he might have lost it but please guys don’t stop supporting the team, Wenger build his fortress but maybe the bed is for somebody else to lie. Let’s support the team nevertheless and we all know the Prof is a true gooner, he wants Arsenal to continue being the Greatest club the world will ever see. Let’s support the team, we’ll continue doing it back here in Kenya even despite Wanyama joining the enemy, he knows where our loyalty lies hehe. We are known as the loud mouths , nobody can silence an Arsenal fan, even during the banter era .We are known as the true fans , the patient fans , one day we’ll be at the Emirates to cheer on the team with you guys.
Striker or No striker we are Gunners till we die.

Kenyan_Gooner

Eish. I’m from Kenya, been supporting Arsenal since the mid 90s and these are the facts. Arsenal does have the most fans here, but years of being also-rans have reduced their roar of yesteryear to all but a whimper. All Man U has to say is ’20’. Titles do matter, no one ever chest thumps about the FA Cup.
No one pays to watch U19s either. We can hardly be arsed about their seniors.
Support is not blind, you must earn and stoke it–dont give the impression that African fans are any less frustrated and just glad to have a club to follow.
I agree, the Emirates is an imposing ground but I suspect had I been to Highbury I would have felt a stronger tug at my heartstrings. More money, hit-and-miss atmosphere. You know what would help? Winning. Starting with a half-decent striker.

Mark_Kenyan

Comment: I didn’t want to give the wrong impression about us, depending on where you live. Where I am, we are never silenced even by the 20 though I agree our fire has reduced!. I was just trying to create a positive mood around. We are all frustrated.

Nairobi Gooner

From Kenya too. You just spoke my heart. No glory hunter can silence me, but I must say am somewhat nervous. From the bottom of my heart I wish Le Proff would just pull a magic so we can lift the trophy with what we got- It would be so much sweeter that way. But I have had such expectations for like 10 years now. For once I wish we could just buy, not just anyone, but a Griezzman, an Auba, someone that will make the proverbial statement. Just about this season’s Jersey, only thing am waiting for is a name, a new signing. I am still optimistic that Xhaka wont be the only first team signing, but if he were, I’ll wear that Xhaka jersey and hope Le Proff designs a plan that will get the best out of, arguably, the best midfield in the league. Maybe all Arsenal players will overachieve, like those Leicester twats last season, because with all our talent, no one in the world can handle an overachieving Arsenal. Is it even called overachieving? Or total hardwork, total commitment and total dedication. Here’s to succesful 16/17. COYG!!

Amolecule

This is the old rhetoric again from Gazidis. Everyone knows we cant spend like the Arabs or Russians , but we are not exactly cash strapped as some other clubs in PL. We and fans have been believing in the ways far too long to be fooled now. While I do understand he cant publicly say any names or signings we are working on , a little bit of positive outlook on signings would be welcome. Financial prudence in past years was fine, but year after year the same thing stops making sense. Its only Xhaka this year!!

rohit

Exactly. Juventas would be a good example for us. They aren’t cash rich either but that doesn’t stop them from plugging the gaps in the their team every year. Hell, they win the league every year and still reinforce.

broken red army

cant spend like Arabs or Russians?? ok Chelsea or Man City needed their sugar daddies as they werent a giant with huge fanbase. clubs like ours Man United Bayern Munich Real Madrid they “make the money” available. we are a top 5 club fan base vise and make tons of money. while City have ticket guve aways to fill their stadium we have highest prices for no reason (what do they give us back to deserve these prices??) and still we need to make more sits in Emirates. we are 4th or 5th (you can check that from a last week release) valuble club in the world. we have fattest bank account that even Bayern or Real Madrid cant argue with. the thing we lack isnt money. its the desire the goal. its a fan running the club instead of a businessman.

Toure motors

Startling lack of ambition by our CEO. Some people would be better off saying nothing at all

Cliff Bastin

Yaya Sanogo

Japes

Why not take a punt on someone like Wilson from B’mouth (or the Man Utd one) or Rodriquez from Soton?

Geezy

Do you people read what you’ve written? Wilson from Fcking B’mouth?? Rodriguez from Soton??…This club is hopeless when there are fans who have this mediocre loser mindset. FFS

AKB(Not the one your thinking of
AKB(Not the one your thinking of

What would happen is a Deeney 2.0….ie, overpay for bang average players……

Anonymarse

It would be something if we even did that. Going into the season with only one striker is beyond stupid.

Mootilated

The contradictions of this man are ridiculous. First he wants us to be the biggest team in Europe and tells us that in the next couple of years he wants Arsenal to be like Bayern Munich (he said that 2 seasons ago) and now he’s saying we still cannot compete financially with the best. Well which one is it? If you can’t then lower expectations, be honest with the fans and just say it’s unlikely we’ll be at the top again. If we have the money, then fucking spend it or fuck right off. Getting really tired of this shit. Honestly.

glory hunter

Actions speak louder than words, we move and act like we are broke.
So maybe we are broke, nothing else makes sense
If you had millions you wouldnt continue living in a council flat, surely you would buy a house, right?

Ghost of Igor

You’re joking right?

Gaby

Arsenal’s big bosses want to encrease money and decrease fans.Good luck
But know that we fans don’t need firstly singing we are big club economically but we need cups twelve years are enough we wanna enjoy trophies as our big haters Man u,Chelsea did it.
Never play with our mind.Fans need trophies, bosses need money, know that Arsenal is a club not a business company!!

Nairobi's_DB10

I fucking Knew it. Next will be a statement from Wenger saying we are trying hard in the transfer market but must not forget to look at the “quality we have within” first. More than anything right now, I woukd like for transprency in our club’s transfer activities. Other fans get into the window knowing what to expect, and it’s because their clubs are very clear about their intentions and targets from the start. Why can’t we be afforded the same priviledge?
And you know what hurts? That once again we are only 2 proper signings away from challenging. Buy them, if you are worried about team dynamics, bench them. But buy them still!! If you can buy players from Asia, who probably won’t play much, to pander to the fans in the asian market (no offence, but it is the assumed strategy) then I honestly don’t see why you can’t buy the players we actually need to make All your fans around the world happy and actually Improve the squad.

Transparency. It is all we have asked for since moving to the Emirates and it’s all the club has denied us.

Sullyboy

So Arsenal will recruit from the lower leagues? The management showed just how clueless they were when they bid 40 million and one pounds for Suarez. It really is time for a change. If they had recriited wisely we could have been champions two years running. But the balance sheet is their goal not winning football matches.

Stillmatic

What’s really scary is that our scouting to replicate the likes of Leicester has been really poor in the past 5-7 years. We’ve missed out on the likes of;
Suarez (when his abilities were well known)
Diego Costa (cunt, but we had the chance to sign him at an early age)
Kompany (remember when we were constantly linked with him?)
Mahrez
Higuain
Greizman (could’ve got him when we even renegotiated terms for Vela)
Augbemyang
Kante
And many many more.

In that time, almost all the youngsters we bought to be part of the first team and expected to develop into WC players like the above have failed.

Sanogo (pushed Afobe out for him, who’s now better)
Still waiting on Ox to display his potential
Still waiting on Theo
Campbell (we all believe in him, but Wenger not so much. Yet remember when Dick Law spent so much time trying to sign him believing he would be our Eto? I still believe he can be a better striker than Theo)
Denilson
Wellington Silva
And many more.

Sure more recently we’ve had Bellerin come through and looking to make it, but by and large almost all the prospects we bought in the last 5-7 years haven’t made it to the potential promised. I think the last to do so was Nasri.

So even then, we haven’t done well.

sambo

With all due respect, each player in that list came from different clubs so its not like any one club unearthed all those gems. Except Leister but i would argue bellerin can match both their price tags with his age.

Stillmatic

I was making an example.
But if you like, I can use Atletico Madrid or Dortmund as examples of teams that have scouted much better than us in the past few years.
A. Madrid scouted and replaced…
Torres then replaced with Aguero, then replaced with Falcao, then replaced with Costa, then replaced with Greizmann.

That’s 5 truly world class strikers back to back. Our last scouted and developed WC striker? Van Persie, from the good days of replacing Henry/Bergkmap who in turn replaced Anelka. All Torres to Griezman happened within that time.

Dortmund are even better.

dawn

Liking your post is what is clueless!

Andy Mack

Why is meeting a release clause ‘clueless’? The 40m+1 was nothing to do with the end result and you’re clueless if you think it did!

Özorlexisey

Leicester story was just a one off.
We cannot hope that the same happens with us.Quality attracts quality. If this stingy system continues,bye bye ozil and sanchez.

dawn

Strangely thousands of goons would welcome vardy, Mahrez and kante this season for around £60/70m. Would they have spat the dummy if Wenger had paid under £10m for all 3 them last season?

Andy Mack

They certainly would have. Vardy took 4 years to ‘come good’ for them, whilst Mahrez took a few games and would have had the emirates boo boys on his case straight away.

riyadh

From my focal point its a west of time to support this miserable team I quit from support arsenal I’ve been arsenal since I was born but for now better I watch Tom and marry

Jags

Goodbye pest.

dawn

Good riddance – you don’t even know the meaning of the word support! goon!

MyquelGunner

Comment: This bloke thinks the miracle that happened to liecester last reason will happen to Arsenal. Keep dreaming

Dave

Fact is Wenger is lacking what is tactically needed to take us from top 4 to the title. Only way to overcome that is by signing top players to make up for it.
Going into the new season starting with no new striker and two CBs who were competing to get dropped last year isn’t to cut it however hard they work

dr Strange

Sometimes I find another world
inside my mind
when I realise
the crazy things we do
It makes me feel ashamed to be alive
It makes me wanna run away and hide

It’s all ’bout the money
It’s all ’bout the dum dum…….
And I don’t think It’s funny
to see us fade away
It’s all ’bout the money
It’s all ’bout the dum dum…
and I think we got it all wrong anyway

We find strange ways of showing
them how much we really care
when in fact
we just don’t seem to care at all
This pretty world
is getting out of hand
So tell me how we fail to understand?

It’s all ’bout the money
It’s all ’bout the dum dum…….
And I don?t think It?s funny
to see us fade away
It’s all ’bout the money
It’s all ’bout the dum dum…
and I think we got it all wrong anyway
Anyway

Cause it’s all ’bout the money

It’s all ’bout the money
It’s all ’bout the dum dum…
And I don’t think it’s funny
to see us fade away
It’s all ’bout the money
It’s all ’bout the dum dum…
and I think we got it all wrong
Anyway

It’s all ’bout the money
It’s all ’bout the dum dum…
And I don’t think it’s funny
to see us fade away
It’s all ’bout the money
It’s all ’bout the dum dum…
and I think we got it all wrong anyway
Anyway

Christopher Clark

The Emirates move has been curse, the loss of David Dien was a massive kick in the dick, and now we have a board that lies to its fans! A sporting director is needed to take care of the transfer market which allows wenger more time to figure out how zip up his jacket!

Fuck it 60,000 fans converge on the the board room and remove these fuckers from our beloved club

Peterium

Spending doesn’t guarantee trophies or success. But every one knows we need a striker to at least compete effectively……oh wait. We signed Takuma. Problem solved 😬

Juel

These comments from Gazidis will only anger fans. It’s already got me mad. Same crap every year. How can you have a team every year that only needs 2 to 3 additions to be a team that can challenge in the league and even champions league and all they do is get one of the 3 players. No wonder we get laughed at.

Rage

If only we used the cash reserves when £200m was worth more bang for your buck. We now live in a time where Sissokho is worth nearly as much as we paid for Sanchez.

Pastah

Typical what’s new, this happens every season. This board always finds ways not to spend money on world class players and instead buying 6th class players. Honestly I don’t see Ozil, Sanchez lying around for long. Instead I see the likes of Theo sticking around for long. Fck this club as much as I love it, I lost hope. Watch this season we’ll finish below Chelsea, Man United, Man City, Liverpool and Spuds..

Daniel

If other clubs have the ability to “spend much more then we do” don’t charge the highest ticket prices in Europe.

Sam

probably the highest ticket prices in the world!
Bet Wenger gets a new contract too.
I’d settle for poaching Bacca off West Ham. Messi he ain’t, but at least he knows how to score goals and is quick, and he wants to come to the PL.

LA

Good luck with that strategy, Ivan. It has served us well winning the league of late.

Jack Tuffney

Groundhog season. No striker and a loss to Liverpool should make for a toxic start to a shit season. There’s just no need for this, we have the cash. Cunts.

Joel

This is a completely doomed policy as Arsenal don’t have the ability to bring in players from lower leagues…train them…motivate them and turn them into World beaters.Nevermind Leicester look what Athletic Madrid have managed to do continuously over the last half a dozen Season’s.Yes Arsenal have Bellerin and maybe Iwobi to suggest that they are capable of creating talent but Sanogo,Gibbs,Bentner,Gnarby,Wellington,Denilson. ..to name but few…would suggest different.The fact that Arsenal’s “squad players” when called out last season…during an injury crisis…failed miserably to shine illustrated this point perfectly. Talent doesn’t just grow on trees it has to be found,nurtured, developed and motivated and the adage that if you pay peanuts you usually get monkeys generally applies.Aresenal like most Premier League teams are now swimming in monetary resources…leading to an inflationary market.Unlike their direct competition Arsenal refuse to embrace this particular market and instead treat it with disdain and as a result will once again be found wanting.At least this is the last year that the fans will have to put up with this ridiculous “holier than though policy”….unless of course the Board appoint another equally as deluded dinosaur.In the meantime watch Alexis,Ozil,and then Kos and Hector leave for pastures new where they can actually win trophies…as this isn’t the Arsenal Way any more!!!

Faz

Thank god i didnt renew my season ticket, sorry not paying £4000 a year for this S***,
Yes i will support my beloved Arsenal but with much less money,and BTW i think that Xshaka was a bait for season ticket renewals but thats just me lol

Double98

You didnt renew a £4000 a year season ticket?
A magical ticket that doesnt exist?

Have you been paying for the most expensive ticket and then tipping them by 100%?

The most expensive ticket is a bit over 2 grand.

Grand have a moan but Don’t make up hypothetical revolutions.

John

Remember Kroenke on running a team to make money?

Overthegoon

It is possible to train well, look for obscure talent and spend money on key signings! We are in a position where it doesn’t have to be either/or. I also worry what this kind of underdog rhetoric will have on our major players- I doubt Sanchez wants to hear that he is playing for a team that consider themselves plucky underdogs

Hank Scorpio

Surely Arsene cannot be that stupid or senile or stubborn to ignore the glaring deficiencies in this squad. The toxic atmosphere at the end of last season will seem like a picnic if things start poorly this season. If he refuses to address the obvious & genuinely believes this team will win anything them his hubris will be his undoing & I cannot see things ending well. A few more weeks to go before we can declare another wasted season though. Hopefully we make some signings before then

Ground hog day

All I can say is if they will not spend the money again, I, as a season ticket holder, want my money back.
They can contact me later if they need it.
After getting 70 points last season, if we don’t buy anyone else, Arsene will have to go through hell every time we lose/tie a game. Shame to see him leave on such a note

Rich

I don’t think these are new comments?
I’m pretty sure they’re comments taken from part of an interview done at the end of last season?
ESPN are just relaying them.

Mootilated

They are. When he is speaking about Leicester, he is speaking about their win. He wouldn’t mention them at the end of last season. They finished just outside the bottom 3 so using them as an example would have infuriated fans even more.

Ted E.

LOL. Imagine him going: “Look what Bournemouth achieved this year with a fixed budget. I believe that’s possible for Arsenal as well”

Andy Mack

I think he means the season that recently finished rather than 12 month ago.

The Chalstrom

If you’re an Arsenal supporter, just know this board does not give a single fuck about you… NOT A SINGLE FUCK…

Jags

There’s no fucking deficiencies in the squad. Lots of football managers. Why don’t you apply for a managers vacancy. Acting like spoilt kids. No wonder Arsenal freaking struggle with clueless, idiocratic, keyboard managers as fans. If you don’t like it, go support Tottenham, Chelsea, man city, Liverpool, man Utd, plenty of clubs to chose from lads and lasses. For me, I’m going to support my Arsenal, the manager and the players. When they play shit, I will support them as if they are playing awesome. I will encourage, praise and talk proudly of the team and players that wore the jersey.

Girouds' Hair Wax

Well your more stubborn than wenger then, supporting the club and criticising it are not mutually exclusive. Parents tell their kids off, it doesn’t mean they no longer love them. But to look at the last few seasons and not question the club is borderline moronic.

JP

I turned down a season ticket this summer after a ten year wait because I simply don’t believe in the ambition of the club anymore. I’ve been to Highbury and the Emirates many times and now live in Finsbury Park, walking distance from the ground. I was once an excited and hopeful fan but I now realise the club will continue to find excuses not to spend money and reasons not to compete. Arsene is outdated & risk adverse, Stan is an investor and Ivan is a PR conduit for Stan. They think Arsenal have done something exceptional by finishing consistently in the top four but it has been mediocre at best. Arsenal have achieved nothing of significant sporting achievement for 12 years now. The fans have been aware that the last couple of years were a crossroads where Arsenal could finally establish themselves a competitive club on a domestic and European level but they will have failed and the danger is now they will be pulled back in a more competitive league. Deficiencies in the playing squad are ignored year after year with no strong, clear plan to address them whilst equivalent clubs identify and capture targets. Failed deals for Suarez, Higuain, Vardy illustrate a lack of ruthlessness. Ozil and Sanchez will push for moves next summer as they stall over contract extensions. It leaves fan frustrated and relatively powerless in a TV & Commercial revenue centric landscape. Small sentiments like mine are hapless and joyless. I’ve always felt Dortmund were a great model for Arsenal to follow and this summer proves that once again with their exciting recruitment policy after losing a legendary manager. Perhaps I’ll just follow them instead!

Andy Mack

Thanks for turning the season ticket down.
My mates are moving up the waiting list 🙂
Still years before they get one though 🙁

John Ryan

It’s very simple, Arsenal like any club are only where they are because of the fans…if we as fans aren’t happy with the situation then we must do something about it instead of just coming on sites like this and leaving comments that fall on deaf ears. No fans no club, fans have to stand firm and once the club sees the cash is starting to dry up they’ll see things the fans way. They don’t have to spend 150m or 200m ever transfer window, but if players are needed in areas then buy them, proven quality that make our team a stronger team…

wpDiscuz