One of the underlining themes every time a player is linked with Arsenal is that the club will be restricted in the summer transfer window due to financial constraints.
A variety of reasons are given ranging from owner Stan Kroenke refusing to put his hands in his pockets to Mesut Ozil high wages.
It has been widely reported that our transfer budget will be just £45 Million, though that is if we fail to make the Champions League, what it will be if we do qualify has not actually been revealed.
Now, with all that in mind, it does then create some confusion when a high brow and credible publication like the Independent publishes an article claiming that Unai Emery is plotting five new signings and that the Spaniard believes that he will have plenty of funds to spend.
Among the players mentioned in that particular article are Bayern Munich’s David Alaba and Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and just those two alone would cost an arm and a leg, certainly more than a combined fee of £45 Million.
I am starting to come to the conclusion that the £45 Million is nothing more than a myth and one that should be eviscerated.
Even if we do not make the Champions League we will still raise money from sales, the wage budget will be cut significantly with Aaron Ramsey departing and Petr Cech retiring, therefore it is not all hinging on selling Mesut Ozil to reduce the wage bill as is being reported.
In fact, the press themselves simply do not believe the transfer budget myth, otherwise, why would they constantly keep on linking us with players that cost in excess of £45 million?
The evidence is there in article after article, Arsenal will have more than £45 Million to spend.