We all know that Arsenal are very proud of being a well run club that does not live beyond our means. At the same time the debt repayment brought about by the building of the Emirates Stadium to replace Highbury is not longer holding Arsene Wenger back financially and there is a sizable sum sitting in the bank as well.
So a lot of Arsenal fans are left scratching their heads as to why the boss has not been a bit more outgoing with his outgoings. We may have spent good money on the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez but during the summer transfer window and the current winter window the Frenchman has spent less than most clubs at the bottom end of the table.
I think that a couple of reports in the football media today might just hold the answer. One is the ESPN report revealing the full details of the transfer of Anthony Martial from Monaco and how much it is likely to cost Manchester United in the end. Even if the French forward does not trigger the clause about being on the Ballon D’Or shortlist one day he is likely to score 25 goals for his new club and to earn 25 international caps and that will mean that the deal will have set United back a ridiculous €70 million.
We also have The Sun reporting that it would cost Man United or the other clubs linked such as Real Madrid and PSG an incredible £65 million to get the Belgian centre forward Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
Still wondering why Wenger has not signed a top striker this month?