Date:Friday January 2 2009
Arsenal fans everywhere are up in arms at the apparent lack of funds for incoming players this January, but if they took time out to study the comments coming out of Arsenal football club today (or easier still, just read Amos's article he published earier) they'd realise that's not actually the case.
Peter Hill-Wood, the Prince Phillip of Arsenal Football club, gave an interview in which he said,
'I don`t think there is a lot of money anywhere.'
'One has got to look ahead - in the future there is probably not going to be much more money coming in.'
'We have got money, but I am not sure we are going to spend a lot of it. We`ve got to continue to run the business in a sensible way. It may sound boring, but we are not going to rush out and spend fortunes on people who won`t help us achieve anything better than where we are at the moment.'
'Arsene has a lot of young, talented players at the club and I think he will probably give a chance to one or two of them.'
Whilst his comments tell no lies they are given in such a way that they are easily twisted and the red tops wasted no time in doing that and causing uproar in some sections of Arsenal's blogosphere (Seriously stop crying about ticket prices and bringing in superstars, you sound like a spoilt child - you know who you are), however, the more articulate Arsene Wenger has gone some way to straightening out Hill-Wood's mediocre efforts.
"We do have a specific budget. It is not as big as I have read in the newspapers but we will try to use it wisely and well if we can," said Wenger ahead of the FA Cup 3rd round clash against Plymouth.
"I still feel football will be hurt as much as anybody else in this economical crisis. At the moment, people are not conscious of what is facing us economically. It will certainly be more difficult because it was not long ago 1.40 and 1.50 [Euros to the pound] but now it is one to one. It is a big handicap for English football.'
"People still think we are in a bubble, but we will be hit like anybody else, I am convinced of that."
The Arsenal chairman always has the club's best interests at heart, however this time he managed to open a can of worms that didn't actually contain any worms, however people were too quick to read the label and run off screaming before they actually looked inside the tin.
Date:Friday January 2 2009
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