Category Archives: Arsenal Financial News

Market Forces – And why Arsenal SHOULD NOT sack Wenger

Should Arsene Wenger be sacked? by TB

I guess it is a sign of the times that ‘football’ is likened to ‘trading’ as a fellow ‘results business’. The Casino Economy meets The Premier League – even at the Arsenal!

It’s all about winners and losers after the Market paradigm, Murdoch’s Sky TV and Global Capital marched into town. Whilst there are clear benefits generated by all this – after all, how else would we have Arsene Wenger and his unique contribution to football with Thierry Henri, Pires, Vieira et al right up to today with stars in waiting Alexis, Ozil, Ramsey and all our talented youngsters – I believe there is also something very unsavoury about it. Something fundamental to the soul of football is lost in this ugly process.

Gazidis hits back at lack of Arsenal spending claims

At the Arsenal AGM yesterday, there were questions from the Arsenal Supporters Trust and some of them, inevitably, focused on what is seen as a serious lack of investment in the playing squad in recent years. The recent revelations about the ever increasing cost of supporting the Gunners has only made apparent stinginess even more frustrating.

And with the recent release of the financial figures for last year showing that the club had actually increased it’s cash reserves significantly, while the squad has been left without adequate cover in various areas, Ivan Gazidis was quizzed on the matter.

Arsenal fans shafted by silent Stan…again!!

Are any of us Arsenal fans really all that surprised to hear that to club’s owner, or major shareholder, has done something that indicates once again that he sees the club as nothing more than a part of his global business empire and the Arsenal fans as cash cows to be milked regularly?

The latest from our mate, silent Stan Kroenke, is that the American billionaire has taken around £3million out of the club as a dividend payment, something that was suggested would never happen. According to the report in The Guardian, the money was paid to one of Kroenke’s companies for so called `strategic and advisory` services. I wonder if this advice included selling your best players and replacing them with cheaper versions.

New Finance figures show Arsenal BANKED £50m last year!?!

Arsenal fans may have had a bit more to shout about int the transfer market over the last year or so, but at the end of each window, us fans and the football media are still left scratching our heads as to why Arsene Wenger did not sign, for instance, a striker or a defensive midfielder.

And it is not because the club cannot afford it. That is made more than clear by the new financial figures released on Arsenal.com today. The figures show that the Gunners are in a very healthy financial position and that our turnover went up by £21 million to just over £301 million, up to the end of May 2014.

Arsenal v Palace – KJ’s Player Ratings

Arsenal 2 – 1 Crystal Palace, Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
Wasn’t at his best today. Wasn’t commanding enough during free kicks and almost cost us late on with a poor claim for a Palace corner.

Debuchy – 6
He was similarly poor. Was good offensively but struggled massively defensively. He was easily turned by Bolasie/Puncheon throughout the game and always seemed to come out poorly in the one on one duels.

Chambers – 8 (MOTM)
An absolutely quality performance by our young English defender. He was as composed as you like and was never flustered by the pressure put on him by Palace when they broke. He is a consummate professional.

How much have Arsenal REALLY spent so far this summer?

A look into Arsenal’s financial side of this summer by Pearsenal

As most would agree, up to now Arsenal have had a very productive summer. However most would also agree that a couple more signings are required if we are to claim top honours this season in the form of the Premier League or rather more optimistically the Champions League.

There have been rumours of a £100m budget and media links with the likes of Nastasic and Hummels, Khedira and Carvalho, and Reus and Cavani to name just a few. Unfortunately it isn’t a bottomless pit of money, but after departures and arrivals what financial situation do we look to be in and what can we expect in the time leading up to the 1st of September.

Arsenal fans must praise Ivan Gazidis for a change!

Why we must praise Gazidis for his work this summer by KJ

Ivan Gazidis when he first joined Arsenal had big shoes to fill and over the years has received stick from the fans for not performing as well as David Dein did for us during our prime years under Wenger. But I’ve always felt the majority of the outrage from fans was unjust and he was handed an extremely difficult job back in 2009. But now, I think he’s really grown into his role at Arsenal and I feel he deserves praise for how he’s approached this summer.

THREE reasons why Walcott will extend his Arsenal contract

Why it will be easy to get Walcott to renew his deal at Arsenal by KJ

With us signing Sanchez, Walcott’s impact on the team has gone slightly under the radar. Many of us would agree that his injury ultimately prevented us from winning the title last season. He would’ve easily won us another 7 points and would’ve changed the dynamic of the big games where we lost heavily. This is high praise for a player who’s already only got two years left on his contract and we’ll need to renew it soon if we are to keep him. Fortunately enough, I can see three reasons as to why negotiations will be quick and easy.

Good news Arsenal as UEFA get tougher with FFP

Towards the end of last season, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger finally seemed to be vindicated over his financially stable way of running the Gunners. We heard that a number of clubs around Europe were set to face sanctions after breaking the Financial Fair Play rules, chief among them being Man City and PSG.

Great, we thought, now maybe these crazy transfer prices can calm down a bit and perhaps Arsenal could actually sign some of the players we wanted to without some other big time charlie coming along and outbidding us. But this feeling of optimism did not last long, as the Abu-Dhabi based owners of City, and the Qatari group in charge of PSG just carried on as if nothing had happened.

Has Kroenke finally twigged that Arsenal MUST win trophies?

It seemed for a long time to Arsenal fans that the American billionaire owner, or majority shareholder to be exact, Stan Kroenke was just a businessman who was happy as long as Arsene Wenger managed to balance the books. Maybe not though, as silent Stan has made a rare statement which sounds like he has caught the silverware bug that all of us fans already have.

Market value figures show Arsenal on the up with bright future

The financial figures released today should not be confused with the figures that show how much a club like Arsenal are earning, or how profitable they are. And even though they are supposed to reflect the value of a club, it is more to do with the strength of the brand, calculated by various factors including heritage, squad value, UEFA ranking and stadium attendance figures, as reported by the Daily Mail.

And the Gunners are looking good. Just as in the Premier League, we have finished in the same position as last season, but have made significant strides, with our market value supposedly jumping from US$410 million to US$505 million. That means we overtook Chelsea, although we stayed in sixth because Man City have risen.

BOOM – Sagna’s £23m deal shows Arsenal can NOT compete!!

Even though Arsenal Football Club has emerged from the other side of the financial tunnel caused by the financing of the Emirates stadium, it seems that the Gunners are still playing in a lower league to some other clubs. And despite the recent sanctions imposed on them by UEFA for breaking the FFP rules, Man City have just proved again that Arsenal cannot really compete in the transfer market.

The Gunners have had to see another of our players join City, and looking at the money involved in the deal reported by the Daily Mail, you cannot blame Bacary Sagna for choosing to change north London for Manchester. The France international has apparently signed a three year deal worth around £150,000 a week, which adds up to around £23 million.