Why I’m Excited About the Future of Arsenal Football Club

Yesterday, Theo Walcott finally agreed terms with Arsenal on a new three and a half year contract worth £100,000 a week to the relief of Arsenal fans everywhere. Whilst I don’t necessarily agree with the high valuation of his new contract, (effectively forced on the club) I do believe that this deal was imperative for the present and the future in terms of the club’s short term ‘success’ and also long term success as we look to build a side theowalcott_1657332awho can challenge for the title over the next few seasons. I, unlike many others think this is possible.

It is clear that the club have changed their transfer policy since the summer of 2011 where we saw the last minute recruitment of more experienced players like Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta as opposed to the strategy before that summer which had for the most part been to recruit young players and make them into world beaters. Many would argue, and I would agree with them, that the sales of players like Nasri and van Persie could, and probably should have been prevented. However, retaining the services of a player like Theo Walcott who is still young with potential but also a player who is finally starting to develop some consistency in what has already been his best season at the club is without a doubt very positive news which breaks the recent cycle of the club struggling to tie down some of our players to long term deals.

I’m not an ‘AKB’, nor am I one of the ‘Wenger Out Brigade’ but I still believe that Arsène Wenger knows what he’s doing to bring the club back to the top level. The move to the Emirates probably set us back considerably because it meant that we had to rebuild team after team to pay off stadium debt, however it also means that the club will bring in more revenue which is supplemented by the massive £150m sponsorship deal agreed with Emirates last year.

Wenger’s not an idiot. He knows what it takes to build Championship winning squads and he’s done it time after time on a fairly limited budget. I am also of the opinion that not many managers would have been able to keep a team in the top four on a net spend of -£45m over the past five years, which by the way is the lowest in the Premiership. It’s not necessarily something to be proud of, the main goal of a big football club like Arsenal should be to win games, not to run exponential profits, however what it does suggest is that if we can reach the top four on that limited budget then when we start to keep players, whilst being financially stable enough to buy the best out there then I don’t see why we shouldn’t be challenging for the title in the next three years at most.

The reality is that the British core we are forming is a step in the right direction. They are all talented, they have all committed the best part of British Coretheir careers to the club and they are all players who can form the backbone of our team for years to come. By building on this core group of players we can add players of great quality who can add to the side. If the rumour of a £30m bid for an unknown player (rumoured to be Cavani) is true then it shows the type of ambition and puts to bed the theory that all the club are interested in is profit and that we are afraid to spend money. If that was true then we would have sacked Wenger, hired a far inferior manager and would probably have been relegated a long time ago.

I just hope that if Arsène doesn’t win another trophy for us but sets the foundations for another manager to come in who wins us titles then I just hope his legacy isn’t forgotten. The amount of work he has done and the love and commitment to the club he has shown is second to none, I don’t agree with every decision he makes but his contributions far outweigh his mistakes.

The game against Chelsea will show where we are in terms of quality, and two stats which make me confident that we’ll be able to close the gap on our rivals include the fact that we’ve lost just three of our last 19 Premier League away games, winning nine of those and that Chelsea have won only one of their last seven Premier League home games. This game is for the taking. Come on The Arsenal!

I’ll leave you with a quote from the great Dennis Bergkamp:

“I really like Arsenal. But you, do you like Arsenal? Or just Arsenal with Trophies?”

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  1. samrat

     /  January 19, 2013

    why not spend £30m on Luis Suarez? He is a proven premiership player with good ability on the ball and scores tons of goals

  2. Mike

     /  January 19, 2013

    Why are you talking about ‘net spends’ of 45 million?
    Net spends has no relevance.
    Wenger took in excess of £97,000,000 over the last 2 transfer markets and with the exception of Carzola figuratively pissed it against a wall!
    Net spends of £45 million is meaningless when you look at who he sold, take Cesc, Nasri, RVP and the rest out of that meaningless figure and it doesn’t look so good, does it?

    Let me make it clearer, Ferguson at United spent £100,900,000, Wenger £97,150,000 a grand total of difference of 3,750,000.

    Now tell me; are we only £3,750,000 behind Utd in talent, ability and team depth?

    If you tell me we are then you are pissing down my back and telling me it is raining Wenger style.

    This article is nonsense basing it on net spend from a manager who has sold our best players every year for some time to balance his books and achieve your ‘net figure.’

    The fool needs to go now!

  3. Shrikant

     /  January 20, 2013

    Yes united spent around 100£million…and arsenal spent around 97£million..but united kept all their players…and we have simply replaced the ones who left… Imagine a team with CESC,NASRI,RVP,WILSHERE,CAZORLA,PODOLSKI,GIROUD,VERMAELEN…dat team is GUD enough to win the champions league…

    Sagna…tv5…metre sacked..Gibbs


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