It would not be the first time that a player took a cut in pay to join Arsenal, with that apparently being the situation when Mikel Arteta joined the Gunners from Everton to get Champions League Football. With James Milner currently earning around £80,000 a week at Man City and being offered a new contract by his club, that may have to be the case again if he is to join Arsenal this summer.
There is a very interesting Arsenal rumour this morning from the respected English newspaper The Guardian, that states that Arsene Wenger is set to take advantage of James Milner’s unhappy status at moneybags Manchester City. The midfielder is unhappy at being forced to play in wide positions for City and is looking for a club that wlll allow him to play in a more central role as he was promised when he signed for the moneybags club.
With one year left on his contract, City will no choice but to sell the England international or lose him for free next summer.
Arsene Wenger has always been prudent with Arsenal’s finances and supported the idea of Financial Fair Play ever since the idea was first aired, but now it has been implemented Wenger wants gigantic fines imposed to deter clubs from breaking the rules again and again.
‘There are rules to apply for financial fair play,’ said Wenger, ‘If you don’t respect them, you have to apply the rules.
‘One of the rules is that normally you should be banned for the excess of the financial amount that is not justified, that is if you are £100m overboard, you should be punished for £100m of your wages bill in the Champions League.
A lot of Arsenal fans are not too keen, to say the least, on the Man City midfielder Samir Nasri and he is well aware of it. I am not going to go too much into the reasons for that now. The France international does still, however, profess to have feelings about his former club, but especially for the boss Arsene Wenger.
I had better be careful what I say here Arsenal fans. The figures released recently in the Deloitte Football Money League report were picked up by lots of newspapers and websites, with many of the English ones concentrating on the fact that Manchester United have slipped out of the top three and been replaced by the treble winning German club Bayern Munich. Not too surprising really.
What struck me from the report in the Independent was the big increases in revenue conveniently made by two of the clubs that many football fans and the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger have expressed concern about, namely Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
We are all wrong, and we are all right. By Gunner Gyz
The tone of this site, particularly the comment section has been doom and gloom lately. Does this mean Arsenal is in a downward spiral? Maybe yes, but probably not. Let’s take a quick look at why you guys are right to be concerned, and why some AKB’s are right to tell you to sit down.
We haven’t won a trophy in 8 years- well, 8 years isn’t that long considering Arsenal have been playing since 1886, and in those 8 years, apart from Chelsea and Utd, most of the teams we are challenging haven’t been winning trophies as regularly as you may think.
The Problem at Arsenal by Big Gun
We are all very anxious about what has/hasn’t transpired so far during this transfer window. It is no question that the Arsenal squad needs, at the very least, two additional world class players to ensure top 4 next season and perhaps a trophy. After an almost 9 year trophy drought, after being possibly the best club in the world in 04/05, I think it is about time the board and management at Arsenal put glory and success first above balancing the books.
Well done Arsenal. Now the serious work begins… by FD
As the dust settles on another Premier League campaign, Arsenal fans can look back on a satisfying final third of the season. While it may have been a little strange watching the celebrations of the Arsenal players at winning fourth place, with memories of the Invincibles still etched in our minds, we shouldn’t begrudge them their plaudits. The turnaround since the derby defeat has been remarkable, and gives the team a defensive stability to build on for next season.
Arsene Wenger has had a fair bit to say recently about the short term thinking displayed by a lot of football clubs these days, while trying to end the speculation about his own future as the Arsenal manager. We know that the Frenchman is a man of principles and will stick to them, although the Arsenal fans wish he would be a bit more flexible sometimes.
The former Arsenal and England striker Alan `smudger` Smith has been writing about his memories of the Gunners and his thoughts on the current Arsenal team. Smith left Arsenal shortly before Arsene Wenger took over in 1996, but he has always followed the Gunners and has suggested that the Frenchman is at a pivotal period in his Arsenal reign and could maybe do with being a little more flexible in his methods.
Are Arsenal doing the right thing with their money? by SS
Everybody knows that the club rarely spend money so they end up making a profit during a transfer window, but is this tight spending the reason there is no success at the club anymore?
Financial fair play rules have been introduced by UEFA which should stop clubs from spending a lot more money than they earn in a season. The biggest offenders of this rule are clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City who have spent over £150 Million in past transfer windows.
Arsenal will have to nearly double their transfer record if they want to sign Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina this summer. The Montenegrin international is believed to be one of Wenger’s principal transfer targets for the summer, but the Frenchman is not known for spending money and I cannot see him agreeing to this price.
According to Talksport, the Serie A club has set this price because of the widespread interest in their star player, with Juventus and Manchester City being strongly linked. It was looking good for Arsenal a few days ago, as Jovetic himself spoke of his `affinity` for the Gunners and a FIFA agent told the Italian media that the 23-year old had agreed to join and had spoken about his personal terms with somebody from Arsenal.