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Time To Take Some Risks, Arsene

Time To Take Some Risks, Arsene

The weekend`s game against Liverpool was a marked improvement on our performance over our first PL game against Newcastle, yet the result was much worse.

Speaking after the game Arsene quite rightly praised the team`s performance and said we were unlucky to lose. Indeed, considering our injuries, lack of an offside flag and complete fluke of a first goal, it`s enough to leave Gooners feeling that if it wasn`t for bad luck we`d have no luck at all.

However the worrying thing is, is that our team put a lot of effort into this match and came out 2-0 losers. We all know that to contend for trophies you have to be able to grind out wins when you`re playing badly, but looking at this thread bare squad, I can`t see that happening, if they play badly this week we will find ourselves out of the Champions League before it even begins and we`ll get whooped at Old Trafford on Sunday.

It`s time to take some risks in the transfer market Arsene.

Time and time again we`ve heard about the boss talking about how he would spend massive amounts of money on the right player, someone who is value for money. But one has to wonder what Wenger considers value for money.

Arguably one of the best players on the pitch on Saturday was Liverpool`s Jose Enrique. A £6Million signing from Newcastle. If he doesn`t signify value for money then I`m not sure we`ll ever sign a player again. Opening the wallet to sign JE, would have replaced an important first team player in Gael Clichy, and still left us with £1Million profit ….. value for money? I think so.

Chelsea have also had a £23Million bid for supposed Arsenal target, Juan Mata accepted. Why haven`t we managed to find that magical number? Now in all probability Mata would take the massive wages of Chelsea over what we could offer, but if we`re not trying how will we know?

I understand Wenger`s philosophy of spending big money on the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It`s hard to compete for world class signings with the massively inflated markets caused by Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City (and using the Torres money, Liverpool), he needs to try and identify young players and turn them into stars over time in order to own top players without entering into battles he probably won`t win.

But we`re in a position now where we have to take risks, we have to sign players, we have to pay over the top. We`re on such shaky ground right now that almost any player would help boost the squad. We can`t rely on fringe players and teenagers to fill the gaping holes in the squad.

The media and rival fans have been predicting for years that we will finish outside the top four, and if Wenger doesn`t spring into action this week, then I`m pretty certain that for once, they will be right ….. costing us millions and millions of pounds in the process.

Ironic huh?

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Date:Monday August 22 2011
Time: 9:55AM


year, ironic indeed
22/08/2011 10:10:00
We really need, no we damn well deserve to start getting a bit of luck with refs. It strikes me how all the big decisions seem to be going against us. The amount of times Lucas in particular got away with deliberate tackles to stifle our play was proof how our players are targeted by certain refs. I'm not doubting Frim deserved the second yellow, but the first? Please. Anybody buy the Kaka link?
22/08/2011 10:22:00
In all fairness Trennon, Frompong got away with another tackle that was a dead cert yellow. He's an exciting enthusiastic player though. Not going to hold it against him. We need some players though ... I don't buy there aren't any available. Everyone else seems to be able to find them ok.
22/08/2011 10:28:00
Arshavin has been our record signing at 15 million pounds followed by Nasri, Wiltord and Reyes but our maximum transfer fee has not increased over time at all unlike other clubs. It could be argued that if we index our spending of 10.5 million pounds we paid for Henry in 1999 or the 13 million for Wiltord in 2000 in line with football transfer inflation now, those transfers would easily be over worth over 20-25 million pounds now if not more. Those were the days our annual club revenue used to be between 60-70 million pounds if I remember right which meant that we spent 15-18% of our annual revenue on one outstanding star player back then. Since we became a club which has over 300 million pounds in annual revenue, our club record transfer Arshavin amounted to only 5% of our annual revenue. Having a wage cap of 90-110,000/ pounds a week at Arsenal helps in managing our wage budget which I agree with but the time may have come when we make a one off provision of atleast 20-23 million pounds for a single outstanding creative player to move ahead over the medium term. Dont break our wage cap as that has a spiraling effect but the club has to be prepared to break our transfer record if the right player is available.
22/08/2011 10:30:00
its been announced that arsene wenger has just recieved another 2 match ban from the nasty vicious so called hierarchy at uefa
cornish gooner
22/08/2011 10:55:00
UEFA have just suspended Wenger from two more European games. Missing the Udinese second leg is a big negative for us..we cant seem to catch a break!
22/08/2011 10:58:00
I'd have loved to have a crack at ur lot for what u're going through but i just can't bring myself to do it.see u in 5th position.bye.
22/08/2011 12:05:00
Anyone else think certain other clubs just wait for us to show interest in a player and go in with more money?
22/08/2011 12:09:00
...You are very kind, Danni....very kind :-
22/08/2011 12:11:00
I do Naija, its been happening since 2003 onwards when we were beaten to Ronaldo by United after he had a trial with us followed by getting beaten to Essien, Drogba and Cech by Chelsea.
22/08/2011 12:26:00
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