A Bid For Hazard Dependant On CL Qualification?
It`s often been said that Arsene Wenger can be a little to tepid in the transfer market, opting to sign the more obscure player and moulding them in to an Arsenal player rather than paying the big bucks for the more renowned 'star`.
It`s a tactic that has worked brilliantly well for Wenger over the years, however the longer our current trophy drought continues the louder the call for Arsene to "spend some fucking money" grows.
In a rare break in apparent policy, the Arsenal manager has spoken publicly regarding a player he`d like to sign, and in a possible further breach of his own values (not really) it`s to talk about one of the so called 'star players` that we drool over so much.
Wenger has expressed his desire to bring Lille`s Eden Hazard to North London in an effort to produce our productivity.
There could be one minor stumbling block however and that`s Wenger`s insistence that a club should always make a hefty profit ever year.
'You should know that each season, it is imperative to show a profit of between fifteen and twenty million pounds, I would add that the purpose of a coach is to always buy at a price he sees fit." ESPN reported the Frenchman to say
'I really like him [Hazard] and, for several reasons: it's his creative power, his ability to mis-align the opponent, his vision of the game and his consummate skill to address the last pass which make him a very interesting player.
Hazard has what it takes to play for a top-level club, and Arsenal are a top-level club.'
The more sceptical amongst us might ponder that Arsene is simply paying us lip service, tell us what we want to hear about bringing in a seemingly top player whilst at the same time providing himself an immediate get out clause.
Qualifying for the Champions League for the 2012/13 season while not impossible is going to be an uphill task, and considering the massive amounts of revenue gained for simply getting to the group stages it would appear that the only way to achieve that figure would be to qualify for the competition.
There is of course already a rather large chunk (around £50 Million?) sat not burning a hole in Arsene`s pocket from the sale of Clichy, Nasri and Fabregas, so qualifying for the CL shouldn`t really matter should it? That said I`m not sure why the manger would broach the topic of profits before discussing a high profile signing otherwise.