Frenchman has money to spend next month but is it already too late?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been given “considerable resources” to spend in the January transfer window, Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have been told.
The AST met the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday evening to discuss Arsenal’s poor season.
“There is plenty of money there,” said Trust spokesman Tim Payton. “That was the message that Ivan and his finance director were giving this evening.”
Arsenal supporters wanted answers as to why Wenger had been reluctant to spend money on new players and 100 fans met with Gazidis to voice their concerns.
“He stayed for over two hours,” said Payton. “He apologised for the result [at Bradford] and said it was not good enough and had to be better.
“I specifically raised this with the finance director and his colleague and they were in no doubt there is considerable resources available to the manager ready to spend when he has identified the players he wants to sign.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
This is not the first time Arsenal fans have been told there is a considerable transfer kitty to spend.
Indeed, the Gunners faithful were assured that money was available in the summer and, although the North London club spent roughly £40m to bring in Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, the new additions were offset by the sales of Robin Van Persie, Carlos Vela and Alex Song.
As Arsenal’s form bad to worse, there may well be a bigger issue than spending to address. The eleven that Arsenal do send out onto the field of play, as limited as it may be in some areas, is good enough to win more matches than they are currently are. In normal circumstances the League Cup defeat at League Two Bradford could be put down as an anomaly but couple with the Gunners’ miserable form, it suggests there are deeper issues to address at the Emirates.
Boss Arsene Wenger may well have lost the dressing room and the voices calling for an end to the Frenchman’s 16-year stay at Arsenal are growing louder. Clearly Weneger is revered by many but after seven trophy-less years it could be that he is finding harder to get the most out of his talented charges.
As such, it may be time for the North London side to consider a freshening up of management at the Emirates Stadium. Guardiola anyone?
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