The last couple of years have been the best for a long time for Arsenal and the fans, financially speaking as well as on the pitch. Not only has Arsene Wenger finally had some decent money to spend in the transfer market following the Emirates stadium debt being paid off, but our big spending rivals Chelsea and Man City have had their wings clipped a bit by the Financial Fair Play rules that UEFA brought into action in 2009.
Well it is not going to last and so the Gunners need to make hay while the sun shines. An ESPN report has now confirmed what was being discussed towards the end of last season, that the punishments for over spending will not be used anymore, as long as the clubs involved can demonstrate that they are not being reckless and that they are not just ‘gambling on success’, and how do you prove (or disprove) terms like that?
The easing of these rules might not have a major effect on the Gunners and our chances of winning the Premier League title this time, although it could make life harder for the boss in his transfer dealings, but in the long term it is likely to mean that Arsenal are once again unable to compete with the real big hitters.
So that makes this next campaign even more important for Arsenal fans and I fear that if we fail again, it could be a long wait as long as the club is run by the spendthrift Stan Kroenke. What do you think Gooners?