Since the Premiership began no team has won it that has not gone on a sustained spending spree, in terms of transfer fees and wages, that has seen then considerably outspend their rivals.
Oh sorry. Apart from Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Three times.
Manchester United, one of the biggest sports institutions in the world is the default winner. Everything being equal, as the richest club, they would dominate their own domestic league, much as Bayern Munich does in Germany. It would take something special to take the title from them.
Jack Walker showed what that special thing was when Blackburn Rovers outspent them and won the title in 1995. United responded by buying it back, outspending them and everyone else over the next few years.
Chelsea – or should I say Roman Abramovich – came along in 2003 and went on what we thought at the time was the Mother Of All Spending Sprees. Two years later they had paid enough to lift the crown. Conservative estimates are that Roman has now spent north of one and a half billion pounds of his own personal wealth.
Then came Sheiikh Mansour and he really went to town.
During this period, Arsenal have built a new stadium and won bugger all.
It does not take Einstein to work out why.
It seems that we are now in a position to start shopping for players nearer to the top shelf. However, we are still miles behind United, Chelsea and City in terms of what we can consistently spend.
We have a large pot this year and might have a one off splurge. But it will be a one off. And we still cant go head to head in any type of auction with these three.
So what are we going to do?
Settle for Fourth?
I can’t imagine we have gone through the pain of the last eight years so that we can do that.
Well what then?
For starters we are going to have to buy cheaper, less complete players and turn them into world class players. Of course we are quite a way down this road already. Jack, AOC, Aaron and Gibbs all have a chance of becoming really great players.
We will have to buy not only top players but also players that fit in with our playing style. I say that because millions of fans world wide have chosen to support Arsenal rather than trophy buying teams on the whole because of the way we play the game. It’s not because of Herbert Chapman, Anfield ’89 or the Famous Back Five. These fans are more and more going to be vital in funding the club and buying merchandising. Entertainment will be paramount in future.
A manager that can follow the vision of Arsene Wenger and work within the parameters set by the board will have to be found.
This manager, because he will be working at a financial disadvantage, will have to be better than the managers at the other clubs for us to have a chance.
I personally believe that with the right two additions to our squad we will be very much in the mix. No matter what you think could have happened over recent years, the fact is we are in a very good position to kick on because of Arsene’s genius.
We need a manager as good as Arsene to take us forward.
In short, we need Arsene.