Arsene Wenger no longer has to sell one or more of the better players in the Arsenal squad every summer in order to balance the books. The finances are a lot healthier for the Frenchman now his continued feat of getting the Gunners into the Champions League has helped the club to pay off the debts.
But with the owner Stan Kroenke still unwilling to put up any of his own cash, Arsenal are still a long way off the spending power of clubs like Man City and Chelsea, so Wenger still has to be careful how he utilises his resources and that is why he might have to accept a transfer bid for Santi Cazorla, as long as the Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid make it a very big one.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Diego Simeone is still chasing the signature of our Spanish midfielder with the silky skills, after failing to land him in recent transfer windows. And as they look set to lose their own creative midfielder Arda Turan, the paper reckons that they are preparing a sizable offer for our 30-year old.
It might sound crazy for me to say that Wenger would sell but I have my reasons. His age for one thing and I think he is about to enter the final year of his contract. And then you have the fact that Arsenal are pretty strong in the midfield area. We have Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta, Rosicky, the Ox and then young players like Zelalem, Crowley and Bielik trying to break through.
Maybe Wenger would feel that the transfer fee we got for Cazorla would be of better use in other areas. What do you think?