During his pre-game conference on Thursday, Arsene Wenger took time to defend his players dealing policy stressing that he is “happy to spend” the money the club has “genuinely” made and left in his disposition
Grass to Grace: Arsene Wenger Sees a Change in the Financial Fortunes of Arsenal.
The north London club, according to a publication by Forbes magazine in July, sits on tenth position in the list of the World’s Most Valuable Sport Teams, valued at $1.326 billion.
The Gunners had matchday revenue of $149 million during the 2011/12 season, the third-highest in soccer due to capacity crowds at the 60,400-seat Emirates Stadium.
The most expensive match day ticket in the Premier League is the £126 charged at the Emirate Stadium.
And were it not more-or-less for the transfer deadline day signing of German midfielder, Mesut Ozil, Arsenal would have failed woefully in the transfer market.
When asked whether the Ozil deal was a statement signing on Thursday, the Frencman said: “Of course. We are now in a stronger position.”
Many of the club’s faithful wouldn’t argue the manager’s stance on the arrival of the 24-year-old German, but could as well be indifferent to the managers opinion on his own transfer policy- which has gone from being tight-fisted and over reliant on young talent development, to making “world class” signing- by the magic of just one player.
“I fight for the teams to spend the money they have made and not artificially earned,” said Wenger.
“Once we have made that money I am happy to spend it. It is also important for us to find world-class players.
“We had to go through some years where we had restricted financial potential. We are now in a stronger position financially.
The manager also shares the opinion that his seemingly success in the summer transfer window is partly owed to the club-record (£86m) signing of last season’s PFA’s Player and Young Player of the Year, Gareth Bale, by Spanish giants Real Madrid.
“Honestly, I think (Mesut Ozil’s signing) was linked with Gareth Bale’s transfer. I don’t know exactly what happened inside Madrid. Was it down to financial reasons? Maybe they had to let someone go. I was surprised.”
All good things must surely come to an end they say and Wenger’s tenure as ‘The Gunners’ boss will be due by the end of the season, but he’s not even thought about his future.
“We are not in a hurry. My contract finishes in June, it is September now,” Wenger, who took over the reins of the club in 1996, added.
“That is a long way to go. There is no need to plan, I want to do well for this club. At the end I will sit down and think how well I did with the team I had and that will be sufficient for me to say yes or no.”
Arsenal hosts Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland by the weekend and Ozil is in line to earn his debut as Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are both in contention. The only injury concern thus far is Tomas Rosicky.
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