Good times are finally here for Arsenal. The Gunners have for long been vilified for not spending big in the transfer market and Wenger had been the object of ridicule from pundits, fellow managers and even his fans. Prior to spending big on Mesut Ozil last summer, Arsenal and Wenger’s record signing has been Arsahavin with the fee standing at a modest 15million Pounds.
Wenger had repeatedly maintained that he was open to spending but have been curtailed by the paucity of resources no thanks to the building of a new stadium. That was understandable despite some people arguing that building a new stadium shouldn’t have stopped Arsenal or Wenger from signing big players. In fact some fans have pointed to Wenger’s perceived stinginess as the reason why Le Prof refused to sign big in the transfer window.
Few years down the line, things have changed for the better and now Arsenal has money to spend. The Gunners stunned critics last summer when they broke, in fact smashed the transfer record by signing Mest Ozil for 42.4million Pounds. Everyone though it was just a flash in the pan but Arsenal have shown that are not ready to take their foot off the gas as they continued their spending spree this summer with the signing of Barca forward for 32million Pounds. Sanchez might be a big money signing but not the only one that is set to arrive at the Emirates this summer.
The Gunners have already agreed a big money fee for Newcastle right back Mathieu Debuchy and weighing up a big money move for German midfielder Sami Khedira and Loic Remy. Should all these deals sail through, Wenger’s spending spree might be closing in on 80million Pounds.
Wenger’s transfer kitty was reported to be in the region of 100million Pounds and the Frenchman is not shying away from spending it. Not only has Wenger been spending big on transfer fee, they are also not shying away from offering the players big salaries. Sanchez and Ozil are on 140k Pounds per week according to reports while the Gunners might be paying Sami Khedira 150k Pounds per week if he signs.
With these new developments, it is obvious that Wenger was never scared of spending as he had been erstwhile harshly judged, rather he was loyal enough to stand by the club as they walked through the tentacles of financial conundrum. In that period of financial handicap, Arsenal went for 8 seasons without a single trophy but the arrival of a big money marquee signing birthed the club’s first trophy in 9 seasons. Hopefully, it would be the first of many. With Ozil, Arsenal landed the FA Cup, hopefully coupled with Sanchez; Arsenal should win their first Premier League trophy in 11 yrs.