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Fiszman wants more than artistic merit

Fiszman wants more than artistic merit

Interviewed after the champions league draw in Monte Carlo, director and major shareholder Danny Fiszman is quoted in the Times explaining that contrary to reports in some sections of the media the club`s board does not interfere in the managers transfer objectives.

"If Arsène said he needed £30million for a striker, he would get it, no problem at all," Fiszman said. "It is not our decision who he spends money on and nor will it ever be. We totally back Arsène, but there is a dual problem for him. If we were to buy the sort of big names that people talk about, we would be looking at relatively mature players who then need to be integrated into the way we play."

The clubs largest shareholder believes there is genuine purpose to the strategy the club has followed which can bring success.

"Secondly, it impacts on the youngsters, and in many cases Arsène thinks it is quicker for us to bring a player through our system. But that does not mean all we are interested in is the artistic achievement award. We are not settling for second-best. We want to win trophies and I think it is time we did, but Arsène also believes in creating teams with a certain style."

Claiming that a lack of availability of players of the right calibre and profile that fit this style is the handicap in the transfer market he continued,

"There were great hopes that we would buy heavily this summer. But I would refute that we have not bought well. Nasri has two goals in two games at the Emirates Stadium, and if Arsène could find the right player, he would buy again, but he hasn't."

Mutterings that stadium investment is restricting the club and that we should embrace outside investors are given short shrift by Fiszman.

"I hear all the time that we have no money, but I just wish someone would take the time to look at our accounts. We do not need extra investment. This is a proper business which produces its own cash and lives or dies by its performances. Our net payments are £20million and the revenue increase from the new stadium is close to £50million. Explain to me how that stadium is a drain on the club, when it produces an extra £30million a year.

"This constant suggestion that the stadium is bleeding us dry is crap. The reality is our wage bill is very similar to Manchester United, substantially above Liverpool and substantially below Chelsea - but that is to be expected. We pay good salaries, but we pay them more evenly, so we do not have extremes of very high and very low wage-earners. There is an ethos of a team effort."

Many supporters will remain unconvinced by a policy in which the team is the star but rightly or wrongly there is a clear plan at the club and a genuine belief that success can be achieved our own way.

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Date:Friday August 29 2008
Time: 12:43AM


£30m??? Buy a decent English CB, Lescott would do and Xabi Alonso. He'd still have change left over for the rest of the French U19 squad he hasn't picked off yet....
29/08/2008 02:00:00
0 How I love to hear these doom sayers wait the season has just started. Join in with your friend above michael105uk you both have something in common. For myself I just have faith in the club.
29/08/2008 02:24:00
well this is our way of doing things, and if the boss and the club want to bring success this way, then i'm right behind them and always will be. everyone has their own way of doing things, and this is our way, the Arsenal way..
29/08/2008 08:05:00
I absolutely 100% support the wage structure and any player who finds it unworkable isn't worth having anyway. But I refuse to believe in three months, he hasn't found a midfielder. If it's been so difficult to find one, why let Gilberto go without having a replacement lined up?
Little Dutch
29/08/2008 08:42:00
LD who knows what Arsene has got up his sleeve. i'm sure he let go bert because he had a replacement in mind, but he is not able to sign him for some reason or the other. lets wait till the 31st and find out. maybe he really wants to sign alonso or barry, but it's too difficult to sign them at the moment because of their price tag, but i'm sure some sort of deal will be agreed in the next few days for one of these two or someone else..
29/08/2008 08:55:00
I have faith in Wenger, we owe him that much after the last 12 years. Sometimes I think it's a personal pride thing, he gets more satisfaction in seeing one of the oys turn into a man on the pitch. I'm actually comfortable with what we've got now though. Obviously Cesc, but then Song (who has impressed when he's come on this week) and Denilson, with Ramsey as back up. Even Tommy can play in the middle when he's fit!
29/08/2008 09:16:00
Just seen the Wenger interview. He says there is no interest in de Guzman. Plus, I totally forgot about Diaby in the above comment.
29/08/2008 09:57:00
I agree with you Navydave. Diaby and Song can do as good a job as must out there, plus they've been at the club a few years and know how we play. Having said all that, I wouldn't be a bit supprised if Arsene pulled out one of his coups. A big name hat we or nobody has been linked to. The Arsenal way.
Bradys Chips
29/08/2008 10:24:00
I'm sure Wenger will sign someone, but we've already lost three points to Fulham, for the sake of saving a million quid or whatever, I'd rather have had the points against Fulham. Nasri has showed the value of a new signing coming into pre season training, getting to know his team mates, having a few friendlies to familiarise himself with the way we play and he's hit the ground running. A new midfielder in July would have had the same, but anyone we sign will now need the time to settle and he won't have it, we've got Blackburn, Bolton and Kyiv away in his first week, which he won't be ready for. Letting three midfielders go and starting the season having replaced none of them is bad management whichever way you slice it. Diaby is easily forgotten because a) he's contantly injured b) when he does get it together to play he's lazy and totally not suited to our style of play. Song is a player I like, but is he ready to be our first choice midfielder? What if Cesc gets injured? Song will be the senior player in the most important area of the pitch which is unfair to him and to us. Nobody's saying it has to be a £30m superstar who rates highly on Pro Evo 2009, but we need a decent, senior DM in there, we've needed him for some time.
Little Dutch
29/08/2008 12:59:00
I really find it frustrating reading this kind of 'interview' -what exactly is the point of it? They told us a million times they have no severe financial constraints. The accounts seem to back this up, so why repeat it, when we should be going shopping instead? There is NO excuse to not sign anyone - it's unquestionable that we need a player, as we do not have enough quality and leadership in the middle. It's not exactly hard to see - lets keep it simple - apart from Cesc and Nasri we have no other fit top-draw midfielder. None of Denilson, Diaby, Walcott, Ramsey, or Eboue have the expereince or class in the middle that we need to mount a title challenge. They are all fantastic squad/sub players with bags of potential, but trying to pretend they are something else right now, is misguided. And this is assuming, like LD says, that Nasri and Fabregas don't get injured. I am getting a bit annoyed with this now and simply cannot believe that Wenger sees fit to leave the team as it is.
29/08/2008 13:17:00
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