Sir Chips bigs up spending, warns over cash reserves


Sir Chips Keswick has been keen to play up Arsenal’s spending as the club’s financial results were released, but also to clear up any misunderstandings about the strength of the club’s cash reserves.

Pointing out the 2016 acquisitions of Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Takuma Asano and Kelechi Nwakali, he said the club made sure not to overspend, leaving them room to make further signings should they so desire.

In the full statement released by the club today, he said, “Our cash reserves at the end of the year stood at £226.5 million and this figure will doubtless attract the usual speculation from fans and commentators.

“That being the case, it is my duty to point out that after excluding debt service reserves and amounts owed to other clubs on past transfers the balance reduces to £149 million.

“This figure is in itself inflated, due to the seasonality of our cash flows, by advance sponsorship and season ticket receipts for the new season.

“Against the underlying balance of available funds we have, as mentioned above, invested strongly in player acquisitions during the summer at a total transfer in cost of more than £90 million with additional significant commitments to player wages, agent’s fees and performance related contingencies on top of that.”

He continued by insisting this would remain the club’s approach in the future.

“Whilst we have spent strongly we have not over stretched,” he said. “It would have been bad business practice not to have retained some small degree of flexibility to allow us to invest again in the right player and / or to maintain the current squad as and where we want to offer improved and extended contracts for key players.

“We make our investments on a prudent and reasoned basis which is something the Club does well and which is even more important in a competitively inflated marketplace.

“This approach has served us well and it will continue.”

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Oh yes, and don’t forget – it’s all real dosh, no sugar daddy here 😉


That’s sound like good business practice, we have brought massively this summer, and we have to remember that we didn’t sell significantly which means in the upcoming windows our balance sheet will even itself automatically by the convention of selling players too should the need arise in the process of sell and replace.

I think we reaping the fruits of good business practice over the years.

Very optimistic about the future.


All well and good until you recall Arsène mentioned 600 employees.
I’m ready to forgive based on Lucas and Shkodran signings


Just spend big one a big name striker for once and i will shut up.

Andy Mack

Why? Who (that’s available)?
Do you think relying on just one ‘big name’ strike is a better option than having a number of players scoring?

Burn Baby Burn

Not to mention that, this being Arsenal, the big-name-all-eggs-in-one-basket-striker would surely have a long term injury shortly after joining

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

To be fair world class strikers are rarely if ever just ‘available’. To get those players often the buying club has to dangle a big enough carrot (transfer fee) to get the club to bite (sell).

As for who we could buy, Lukaku would be a good option don’t you think. Ready to take the step up to being world class.

Of course there are red herrings too, that r built up as World class for no reason, like Cavani. That guy couldn’t hit the proverbial barn door, even if his life was depending on it. Spending 60 mil on him would have been the equivalent of setting all that money on fire.


Cavani is still a quality striker despite what people say and his recent misses.

I’m quite certain if he was in our team he would be among the leading scorers in the league.

Godfrey Twatschloch

Don’t underestimate Cavani. While no Ibrahimovic I’ve seen him do damage against teams enough times to know he’s no mug. Not least Chelsea a few years ago when a ten man PSG sent them packing from the CL due to his efforts. He had a shit game against us, that’s all.

igbo Amadi-Obi

We had a big name striker when we were bossing things, mark you.

Trixie Bird

Alan Smith?

Little Mozart

Wenger spent large on Alexis Sánchez and has now turned him into our main striker. That covers your complaint nicely.


“….and I will shut up”

Let’s be honest, no you won’t! You’ll just find something else to complain about.

I think Wenger’s achivements will truly be acknowledged if (I hope not) we are faced with the curse of United and Chelsea.

A Different George

Am I the only one who thinks the name Sir Chips Keswick was invented by Monty Python?


It was invented by the Arsenal Gentleman.


Keep on Keeping on Arsenal

Dale Cooper

Tried to explain this in the summer and got shit for it. Funny how I haven’t read all those usernames of people talking so negatively about the club on here recently, hopefully it lasts awhile longer.


The club deserved much of he criticism it got during the summer, especially since it had failed to invest last summer. Just like it deserves a lot of praise for finally making the deals and for recent performances. If both optimistic and pessimistic fans can stop playing this childish “I told you so game”, we’d all be better off.


Most people were pissed off because it looked like we weren’t going to spend, but we did in the end and we did it rather well.

Also we rejigged the attack which has probably had a much bigger impact than the signings so far.


Bigger than that is the emergence of Iwobi.


The club deserved much of he criticism it got during the summer, especially since it had failed to invest last summer. Just like it deserves a lot of praise for finally making the deals and for recent performances.

If both optimistic and pessimistic fans can stop playing this childish “I told you so” game, we’d all be better off.


I’m guilty of being negative before the start of the season, wanted Arsenal to sign a world class striker and CB no matter what the price and for the first time wanted Arsene to leave for failing to win the title last season.
Frustated by the same results which mostly pointed to same manager.
But when Arsenal play like the way they played against Basel it makes me say god I don’t want anything more.

Frank Bascombe

Nice one Dale Cooper.


In the voice of Roy Walker…..What’s Mr Chips doing? It’s good but it’s not right.

Third Plebeian

I don’t see the problem. I guess there are those who would prefer we adopt a different approach, namely spending beyond our means, but that’s insanely dangerous. The only alternative here is that the club sells out to a sugar daddy. Honestly, I don’t know that we’d care if we did. Would you?


I would.

igbo Amadi-Obi

We already have a sugar daddy. But sadly, he’s the type that takes, and not the type that gives. He has no passion for the game. Just an investor in a football club.


You’re playing fast and loose with the whole ‘sugar daddy’ concept there


you know what ….wenger deserves a statue for taking us from debt to this 200 million reserves alone

Senator Clay Davis

Yep cos that’s the measure of success for a football team.




Pretty happy with the state of the squad even if it happened a tad late. No complaints.


What do you rekon Fats? 🙂


It’s oh so quiet.

Chris O.

Stop with the strikers wishing. There’s a shortage of top strikers in the world. We’re just at a low point in that regard. 15 years ago it was the opposite. Wishing for it won’t change it.

The good news is it’s a team sport and our team hasn’t been this strong for years. We can win with the boys we have.


As the tacrical side of the sport changes, position players – especially those towards the attacking side of a team- will gradually become less specialized, and players are more likely to be utilized in a variety of roles, so wishing for a “big name striker” is a little silly considering those players just aren’t available any more as the new breed of attacker is not just a number 9 post player- he would be someone who could play on the wing, in the number 10 role behind, or as a number 11 off the front man.
look at the big name attackers right now- they fit this mold- aguero, suarez, aubameyang, alexis, greizmann, hazard, bale, etc.


Funny how so few pay attention when there is an article that sheds a bit more levity to our financial strength and limits.

People have their own fixed narrative and prefer not to be confronted with the truth.

As Sir Chips says, we do have a lot of money but clearly not as much money as people like to think.

Commercial revenues are rising but we are not on the level of United yet.

Nor have we spent anywhere as much as City or Chelsea although we are now catching up.

90m this summer is nothing to sniff at. More importantly, Wenger has been SPOT ON with his premium purchases – Ozil (great panic buy), Alexis (35m+1), Cech (a steal from some small club), Santi (another steal no other big club came in for), Mustafi (Think David Luiz aka SideshowBob)and Granit (Early panic buy)

Some people have an agenda. They claim its their right to make their opinions heard. Trouble is their opinion also backfires because it paints a false narrative and poisons the atmosphere at the club when we need solidatiry and support for Wenger and the players. Instead we get cheap banners.

Now that they have been proven wrong over Alexis, over Wenger’s summer signings, over playing/not playing Granit early, over starting Walcott, over Ospina, they are unapologetic.

They should remember they have been wrong as they were with Coquelin, Campbell whom they said would never be Arsenal quality but were a waste of time.

Maybe that will bring about a little humility and avoid another hysterical fit next time round when things don’t quite go our way.;)


Wenger has been smashing it out of the park recently, repeatedly

Mississippi Gunner

“Sir Chips.” That’s some English shit. Speaking of English shit, I just realized y’all put subtle r’s at the end of words that end with an A. Like, “Xhak-er” or “Barcelon-er.” meanwhile “wanker” is “wanka.” Y’all are funny

Trixie Bird

Oh you mean, we speak English correctly?

Mississippi Gunner

No, considering there’s no correct dialect for speaking a language. But I think Brits have better words/expressions than we do here in the states–like “taking the piss” or “fortnight,” for example–if that makes you happy.


The critical difference at the moment is we are in a different phase of spending.

1) We have in last season seen debt reduced significantly on the stadium. At the same time, we have renegotiated a number of sponsorships plus TV money is kicking back in.

2) We have also maintained our MINIMUM positions in Europe which helps attract better quality players without resorting to over paying and we have the money from the CL competition as always but not to be taken for granted.

3) Critically, we are no longer rebuilding the club. This phase embarked upon around 2012 and made difficult by key departures over next couple of seasons is over. The FA cup back to back wins restored faith that we can win thinsg unlike the media’s predictions otherwise. AND we are now spending slowly more and more on Premium priced ready to go players as we no longer need to add in numbers. The money can be used on less but on higher quality where in the past, we had to also build in for the future

At the same time, there has also been work done in Academy to stay competitive and ensure we have a supply line/two tier solution going. This is largely forgotten or swept under the carpet but as we can see from Iwobi and Bellerin (and Coquelin) Wenger has also had great success here in recent years.

Next summer, I expect we will be looking into a Lback. Monreal is not getting younger. Gibbs is also in his prime now. Cback should be sorted and I expect the excellent BFG will retire (Captain’s armband)leaving it to the capable Mustafi-Koscielny partnership Wenger is developing with Gabriel and Holding also in contention/developing.

Jury is still out for players on loan (Jack, Campbell and Chambers) as some players on periphery in first squad Jenkinson maybe even Elneny)

Certainly Giroud may also leave should Lucas kick on and Wewith Welbeck returning. Or we have option to keep him on for another season to see how say the Jeff develops.

What is certain is we do not need to add numbers and the concentration in effort will be in bringing in quality.

So the budget will meet higher priced players in market better.

This looks like the trend as Wenger has finally stabilised the ship and is pushing upwards again.

Bob's Mexican Cousin



Whenever I hear his name, id like some gravy with that and a nice pie and some peas, he makes me hungry that man!


I wish my name was Sir Chips 🙁

Bennacer and the Jets
Bennacer and the Jets

I wish all businesses were are open about their reserves and spending as arsenal.


Off topic but hell please give Santi a contract extension!!!! Maybe these cash reserves can be put to good use to extend contracts for Santi, Ozil and Sanchez.