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Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years


By Matt Sadler
January 10 2019

Had Arsene Wenger still been in charge, when questioned this morning about possible January transfers, he would've said something like "we are always looking to impwove zee sqwad wiv a special player wiv gweat qwality", probably to protect the board from criticism, and then proceeded to do very little.

When questioned about possible January transfers, new-ish manager Unai Emery, speaking about one of the richest clubs in the world, valued at £2.2 billion, with reported cash reserves of close to £200 million, ranked 6th in the Deloitte Football Money League with a total yearly revenue of £487.6 million, said we have no money to make permanent transfer and can only bring players in on loan. A club of our size and wealth can only bring players in this month on a temporary basis. Personally, I thank Emery for his honesty.

We have an owner who hasn't, and will continue to not, put a penny of his own money into the team. We're AT BEST the sixth best team in England and have no realistic route to the Champions League. We have a problem that Mesut Ozil earning £350k p/w who often becomes unavailable for unclear reasons, at sometimes key times.

We have the highest average age (27.3) of the Premier League's "top six", with a number of players like Cech, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny and Monreal, who's best years are behind them. We have a number of players, like Elneny and Jenkinson who are earning far beyond their level of ability who Arsenal can't shift because they like living in London/ playing for the team they love. We have two 28 year olds, Ramsey and Welbeck, who normally would be considered assets who could command a transfer fee if Arsenal decided they were not in the clubs future plans, who are going to leave for free at the end of the season, adding to a long list of players we've failed to get a decent fee for (Szczesny, Gnabry, Alexis, Wilshere, etc). Even in the summer Emery will only have a reported £70-odd million available for transfers.

Not good. Not good at all. Are there any positives? Maybe a few, yes. In Aubameyang and Lacazette we have two really effective forwards (who unfortunately I don't think we'll ever be able to make the most of). We have Xhaka and Bellerin, who have looked better this season and (I know Bellerin has been out recently) generally don't miss many games. We have three exciting young first team players (Mavropanos, Torreira and Guendouzi) who I'll mention again shortly. We have a number of youngsters, such as Maitland-Niles, Nketiah, Willock, Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Medley, Amaechi and Joel Lopez, who are really highly thought of by the club and could break into the first team over the next few years. We also have Barcelona's former Director of Football Raul Sanllehi and Dortmund's former super scout Sven "Diamond Eye" Mislintat.

So how are we going to move forward?

Those last two positives I listed are the most important, because I think our future largely depends on their success.

The one real plus to come from us being in the Europa League, from a personal point of view, is that we have been able to afford a lot more first team minutes to youngsters than we would've had we still been in the Champions League. Over the last two seasons we've seen the likes of Nelson, Nketiah, Willock and Smith-Rowe play quite a bit and emerge as potential first team players, currently on the fringes of our first team squad.

Sanllehi came with a very good reputation in football as a top negotiator. He has made an example out of Aaron Ramsey and his agent this season, perhaps signalling an end to our yearly contract sagas. Hopefully he will continue to be the catalyst for a change in our transfer and contract policies. Mislintat is another who came with a great reputation. He is credited with finding a number of players, such as Lewandowski, Kagawa and Aubameyang, for that Dortmund side of the early-2010s. Already he has found us Mavropanos, who fits the profile of the "top modern centre back" (tall, athletic, good on the ball) and finished last season strongly, Torreira, a pit bull warrior-like midfielder who has been a revelation this season, and Guendouzi, a 19 year old who plays like a mature, seasoned veteram and looks like a steal for £7 - 9 million.

Unfortunately it may not be the quickest or most effective strategy, but I think our best bet, and only real option now (unless Kroenke suddenly decides to sell up...), is to consolidate our place in the top 6, remain in the Europa League, shift the deadwood, bring down the wage bill and average age of the squad, hope old Diamond Eye can find more cheap gems, and hope some of our exciting youngsters can break into the first team squad.

It could be a long few years.

 

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Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
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10/01/2019 19:31
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Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
10/01/2019 21:12
Liverpool fans got rid of Hicks & Gillet and got John Henry.

Now that Arsenal Holding is 100% owned by Silent Stan, time for Arsenal fans to hit Silent Stan in the wallet when he is most vulnerable in 2019/20 season when he got a massive Inglewood debt and Usmanov debt to pay.


We are just a mid-table team under Silent Stan.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
10/01/2019 21:19
I think it is a bit strange if you are an Arsenal supporter,” Solhekol said.
“You’re thinking ‘what’s going on? Our manager is saying that during this window we’ll only be able to get players in on loan, something not quite right there’.
“But if you look at what Arsenal did last year, they spent big, big money.
“They spent £70m on players like [Lucas] Torreira, [Matteo] Guendouzi, Sokratis [Papastathopoulos], also the goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
“And then go back 12 months last January when they signed Aubameyang for £57m.

“Also, the big thing they did last year as well as give a new contract to Mesut Ozil.
“He is one of the biggest earning players in the whole of the Premier League.
“So when you add all that up, you see that Arsenal in the final few months of Arsene Wenger’s time at the club, spent big, big money in the transfer market and also in wages.
“I’m also forgetting to mention Alexandre Lacazette in the summer of 2017, they signed him for nearly £50m.”

[www.express.co.uk]

The damages caused by Wenger and Gazidis during their last 2 years at Arsenal.

Real reason is FFP as our revenues cannot justified increased spending in January till the new revenues kicked in in summer 2019.



'I like the total intensification, where there are crashes and bangs everywhere, pure adrenaline and no one being able to breathe' Jurgen Klopp.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
10/01/2019 21:33
Those long term sponsorship deals that have seen the Gunners’ commercial revenue level off while their rivals’ increased are coming to an end in 2019. A new five year deal with the Emirates Airline for both shirt sponsor and stadium naming rights will kick in this summer, with an estimated value of over £200 million, spread out over a five year period. Additionally, the club’s five year deal with kit manufacturer Puma that has netted them £30 million a season will be coming to an end, with Adidas set to take over for next season. The new deal will be worth an estimated £60 million per season. All told, the Gunners will immediately have more than £50 million extra to play with under STCC, and this will give them much needed breathing room to expand their wage bill and compete with their top six rivals on a spending front.
Additionally, the Gunners will see the wages of Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, and likely Stephan Lichtsteiner come off their books in June, saving the Gunners nearly £500k per week in wages, which stands to increase their spending power even further this summer. With new Director of Football Operations Raul Sanllehi espousing the need for the Gunners to build their squad efficiently, and the apparent end of Arsene Wenger’s and Ivan Gazidis’ controversial socialist wage structure that had helped the club hold on to talented young players for longer during the lean, post-stadium build years, the Gunners should see their financial freedom only grow in the coming year.
Arsenal’s recent financial restrictions have been the result of a near perfect storm: reduced revenue due to dropping out of the Champions League, a ballooning wage bill, the uncertainty around Arsene Wenger’s future causing players to run their contracts down more than expected while waiting to see what direction the club would take going forward, largely flat commercial revenue over a five year period, and some poor decision making by the club’s hierarchy on the transfer market. However, the club have totally reshaped its football operations over the last 18 months, and the new team of Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat, Vinai Venkatesham, and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy is dedicated to improving the club’s situation both on and off the pitch. It may take a few years to see how they plan to reshape the future of Arsenal Football Club, but for the first time in many years, fans have confidence in the club’s ability to adapt.

[youaremyarsenal.com]

good read.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
MattySadler (IP Logged)
10/01/2019 21:34
Quote:
Merlion96
I think it is a bit strange if you are an Arsenal supporter,” Solhekol said.
“You’re thinking ‘what’s going on? Our manager is saying that during this window we’ll only be able to get players in on loan, something not quite right there’.
“But if you look at what Arsenal did last year, they spent big, big money.
“They spent £70m on players like [Lucas] Torreira, [Matteo] Guendouzi, Sokratis [Papastathopoulos], also the goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
“And then go back 12 months last January when they signed Aubameyang for £57m.

“Also, the big thing they did last year as well as give a new contract to Mesut Ozil.
“He is one of the biggest earning players in the whole of the Premier League.
“So when you add all that up, you see that Arsenal in the final few months of Arsene Wenger’s time at the club, spent big, big money in the transfer market and also in wages.
“I’m also forgetting to mention Alexandre Lacazette in the summer of 2017, they signed him for nearly £50m.”

I think the £70m on four players in the summer, Ozil's contract, the £57m on Aubameyang last January and the £50m on Lacazette the summer before is exactly the recent we don't have money to spend now.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
MattySadler (IP Logged)
10/01/2019 21:36
Quote:
Merlion96
Those long term sponsorship deals that have seen the Gunners’ commercial revenue level off while their rivals’ increased are coming to an end in 2019. A new five year deal with the Emirates Airline for both shirt sponsor and stadium naming rights will kick in this summer, with an estimated value of over £200 million, spread out over a five year period. Additionally, the club’s five year deal with kit manufacturer Puma that has netted them £30 million a season will be coming to an end, with Adidas set to take over for next season. The new deal will be worth an estimated £60 million per season. All told, the Gunners will immediately have more than £50 million extra to play with under STCC, and this will give them much needed breathing room to expand their wage bill and compete with their top six rivals on a spending front.

Ah I forgot about the new sponsors when listing positives. That was definitely an area where we were losing ground on our rivals.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
MattySadler (IP Logged)
10/01/2019 22:04
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwkPyyEX0AAdwCT.jpg:large

Pinched from Twitter.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Bergmars (IP Logged)
11/01/2019 06:16
A decade of mismanagement and neglect it's been there for all to see and mentioned on here continuously in that time.Its been obvious the club has been run akin to a car boot sale and it seems the boot is empty.



Under new managment

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
SandyB (IP Logged)
11/01/2019 21:13
Quote:
Real reason is FFP as our revenues cannot justified increased spending in January till the new revenues kicked in in summer 2019.

This is bullsh.it of highest level merl, when you have apparently 200m reserve you don't go into FFP cycle. This isn't spending more than what you earn, this is spending money what you have made in the past. Nothing related to FFP, Stan Kroenke simply doesn't want to spend money which the club already have.. although I'm not 100% sure if the money is still there after Kroenke's full takeover.

Kroenke wants Emery to build the team on cheap as far as possible n once he has some stability then might let the new management to spend some $ meantime he's now fully turned his resources on his prime investment LA Rams.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019:01:11:21:15:53 by SandyB.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
MattySadler (IP Logged)
12/01/2019 07:20
You're only allowed to increase your wage bill by so much each season, which is probably why we were unable to offer Ramsey a new contract and why we're so strapped at the moment.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
SuperRob (IP Logged)
12/01/2019 10:43
[youaremyarsenal.com]

Don't know if the conclusions are accurate but it's the first thing I've read that actually explains the different rules and the different situations that arsenal, Chelsea Liverpool and City have been in over the past few years.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
MattySadler (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 20:19
Not sure accurate all of these are but this is what I've found here:

Cech - £100,000.
Bellerin - £100,000.
Elneny - £55,000.
Sokratis - £92,000.
Koscielny - £75,000.
Mkhitaryan - £180,000.
Ramsey - £110,000.
Lacazette - £100,000.
Ozil - £350,000.
Torreira - £50,000.
Lichtsteiner - £35,000.
Ospina - £40,000.
Aubameyang - £200,000.
Maitland-Niles - £30,000.
Holding - £40,000.
Iwobi - £30,000.
Monreal - £65,000.
Leno - £60,000.
Mustafi - £90,000.
Chambers - £25,000.
Welbeck - £70,000.
Jenkinson - £45,000.
Martinez - £10,000.
Mavropanos - £25,000.
Kolasinac - £119,500.
Xhaka - £90,000.
Bielik - £25,000.
Macey - £5,000.

Aside from Ramsey, Lichtsteiner and Welbeck (£215,000) who are all out of contract and will presumably be leaving at the end of the season, a few others immediately stand out. Would be good to clear a few in the summer.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Bergmars (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 21:33
90% of them are overpaid and that’s no throw away comment



Under new managment

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 22:22
I find it hard to believe the man from Fray Bentos is only £50k



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 23:21
I found it hard too that Pochettino managed to keep Kane, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Lloris, et al on salaries very much lower than those useless players of ours.

We just have to wiat what this summer hold for us.



'I like the total intensification, where there are crashes and bangs everywhere, pure adrenaline and no one being able to breathe' Jurgen Klopp.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
MattySadler (IP Logged)
14/01/2019 07:23
I'm immediately looking at Mkhitaryan on £180,000 a week. The bloke hasn't played well consistently since 2015-16.

I know its all easier in hindsight but we'd have been better off accepted £40 - 60 million for Alexis from City.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Shane (IP Logged)
14/01/2019 08:30
Quote:
Merlion96
I found it hard too that Pochettino managed to keep Kane, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Lloris, et al on salaries very much lower than those useless players of ours.
We just have to wiat what this summer hold for us.

Kane has no concept of money. He thinks cars and chocolate bars cost the same amount like Rainman.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
Shane (IP Logged)
14/01/2019 09:00
Top analysis mate.

I find the Bielik salary more shocking than Jenkinson or Mkhitaryan by the way. It's astounding if he's genuinely on £25k-a-week - the same as Calum Chambers, who somehow actually looks underpaid going by this god-awful metric.

From what I can tell Wenger and Gazidis, conscious of the fact that young players put money before their careers, gave some of them stupidly-big salaries to safeguard Arsenal from losing them to a Man City, Bayern or a Paris Saint-Germain very early on.

And it sort of makes sense because financially the investment would pay off in a major way if they were picked up for big money down the line, but it only makes sense if they're good! If they're sh*t, which they are, then it makes zero sense.

Wenger obviously honeydicked Gazidis into believing that Jenkinson was the next Cafu and therefore a £2 million-a-year contract was key to staving off interest from Real Madrid.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
goonerred (IP Logged)
14/01/2019 11:17
Quote:
MattySadler
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwkPyyEX0AAdwCT.jpg:large
Pinched from Twitter.

Our club has been run by Year 7 type students learning economics for the first time. Think where we were, then we had t build the stadium to compete with the elite of Europe, we can't compete with West Ham and Southampton at the moment. It's like a nightmare that will never end.

 
Re: Thanks for the Honesty Unai but it could be a long few years
AJ The Gunner (IP Logged)
14/01/2019 11:54
Yes we have an owner from hell who has not and will not spend a dime, the total mismanagement of gazidis and the board brought this on.



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