Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has given fans a real boost by announcing that the club has not finished its business in the summer transfer window. He expects Arsène to add to the purchases of Carl Jenkinson and Gervinho, indicating that our manager has plenty of funds at his disposal. He also makes it clear that Arsenal likes to conduct any potential deals in private, but that doesn’t explain why every Gooner knew that we would buy Jenkinson and Gervinho, and why many of our transfer deals take so long to complete!
“We still will be active in this window. We haven’t finished our business at all. We’re just not conducting it publicly; we’re working hard privately.
“I’m was out in Asia because I could be with Arsène for an extended period of time and think very, very carefully about strategy and targets.”
Hopefully these quotes are true and not just a PR stunt to keep the fans off Wenger’s back. Ivan is a good speaker – as we saw at the AST. Wenger is not known for splashing the cash, although he will spend significant money if he believes the player will be very beneficial for the team. For example, he has spent in the region of £10 million (including add-ons) plenty of times in the last few years – Nasri, Arshavin, Walcott, Vermaelen, Sagna, Gervinho. However, the question comes when the fee for a player is a lot higher. Will Arsenal break the £20 million barrier this summer? As Robin van Persie said, sometimes you need to spend money to get good quality players.
Ivan also said:
“We understand where the weaknesses have been. Financially we’re in a strong position, we have resources to spend. We’re certainly not sitting there saying ‘let’s hold back on our resources’ for some reason, why would we?
“The resources are there. We’ve got a substantial amount of money that we can invest. The important thing for us, which can be frustrating, is not doing it only in response to a public clamour but in a way that can positively impact our performance next year. That’s the focus now.”
So we have the money. The board have said it for years. But Gazidis also says this summer is not finished. So who will we buy? I can’t see Wenger ignoring the necessities of the team – he has to buy a centre back. However, his comments on Gibbs/Traore indicate that a left-back is low on his list of priorities. Which player would you like Wenger to go for, given that ”we still we be active in this window.”