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05 Feb 2019 02:18:41
We need to review our business strategy if this is true.

"Unai Emery to have a transfer budget of just £45million this summer as Arsenal boss continues to work with stringent financial boundaries"

Or reset our expectations - we are in dange of becoming permanent also-ran

Embarrassing financial position - almost as bad as our defence.

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05 Feb 2019 07:32:05
Think that report started in The Mirror so worth taking with a big pinch of salt. Getting rid of a lot of the dead wood we have will be a start and should free up quite a lot of cash but With teams spending 70mil + on defenders these days we don't stand a chance with Kroenke as owner.

05 Feb 2019 08:04:58
To be fair because everyone knows our loan only winter window situation and the state of our defence it's a very easy story for the media to bend shake stretch shape into anything they want it to be.
It's obvious with the club trying to off load Mesut from the wage bill that we are trying to correct the mistakes from the past which is why we didn't give into Aaron's demands.
I actually applaud this stance and think we will be better off on and off the pitch because of it long term.
I was never a fan of us over paying under achievers and it was horrible watching players hold the club to ransom in order to feather thier own nest at way above market value wages for thier ability.
Running down your Arsenal contract in order to fleece the club became the thing to do amongst the cosy club.

05 Feb 2019 10:31:09
If the reported £40-45m, plus amount raised in sales is true, then it will be another tricky window for Emery.
From an already short squad we stand to lose: Cech (retiring) . Ramsey, Lichtsteiner and Welbeck (Out of contract) . I doubt Holding and/ or Bellerin will be fit for the start of the season.
In addition I expect we will/ may sell: Ozil and Elneny.
That would leave us with only 18 fit players, including Suarez (assuming we sign him permanently) , Jenkinson and Martinez. Plus youngsters such as Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Willock, Nketiah, etc. Reports are that Emery wants 3 players including a left back and a centre back. Presumably we will be on the look out to sign players who are out of contract and available on a free.
Clearly Gazidis and Wenger left a financial mess. It would ideal if Kroenke put his hand in his pocket, but as we run a self-sufficient model I doubt this will happen.

05 Feb 2019 11:58:52
It would be possible to increase that to around 100m if we manage to sell to the right buyers. For instance, Ozil wants a large wage so perhaps a Chinese buyer will surface? If so, easy 40m at least for him! If he stays in Europe then he'll need to take a pay cut so perhaps 25m. Obviously convincing the player is another thing! Elneny could fetch another 10-12m and Jenkinson a couple million to the championship or even bottom premier league sides. let's face it, Kronke isn't interested so we will have to struggle on the way we are!

{Ed002's Note - It is not as simple as that.}

05 Feb 2019 12:33:58
Hi Glenn1308 - Ozil is almost unsaleable on wages of £350,000 per week. Yes, we may get £7-10m for Elneney at best. Jenkinson £2m at best.
I am then struggling to think of any other players that we would/ should sell, who are saleable and would achieve a reasonable fee. Possibly Chambers £10m, Iwobi £15m and Mustafi £20m. The problem with selling Iwobi and/ or Mustafi is that in the summer we will have a numerically short squad, without selling theses two.

05 Feb 2019 12:36:49
I can't see us getting a fee for Mesut as any potential fee would be swallowed up in wage subsidising in order to get him off our wage bill.
Poor financial management has left us in this situation and we are simply going to have to suck the lemon left over from the past in order to clear the path for setting fresh seeds that barefruit in future.
We have two choices as I see it and niether are exciting or easy please ones.
A spend what we have the best we can
B cash in on an a prize asset and reinvest the money generated on 2 or 3 other players.
I know it's not what we all want but it's reality as this is the real world of football not fantasy football computer game.
The books have to ballance not just for us but for everyone.
United are able to generate huge funds because they are a huge world wide brand
City have very estute investors who are both wealthy and prepared to invest (not give away money on players)
Chelsea are no longer the buy buy buy club they once were, I think their books ballance quite well now days.
Liverpool have self generated most of thier spending from sales and champions league success.
Spurs are self sustaining.
In today's football running up huge debts on spending simply isn't an option, . which is a very good thing because no business can stay afloat forever by simply spending what they don't have. Liverpool came close to going bust due to debts from past crazy spending and that isn't a good business model for anyone to follow.

05 Feb 2019 14:40:12
Depends how you look at it. Obviously there are payment plans and things to take in to account but the money will come in to the club regardless. It may mean initial outlay will be higher but we won't necessarily pay for players outright either. Either way the maths still remain the same and if we want to boost our available funds then we need to trim the squad. Plus the additional funds from champions league qualification may help also if we can get there!

{Ed002's Note - No, you don't understand the finances at all - just try and avoid discussing it.}

05 Feb 2019 14:56:03
Okay Ed, we will all see the finances when Arsenal release their Group Annual Report in May anyhow.

{Ed002's Note - That does not relate to this season - just accept you are beginning to make a fool of yourself here. Just stop.}

05 Feb 2019 15:16:43
Did I say it relates to this season? No I didn’t. It relates to the current financial year which includes the latest transfer window funnily enough. Will give us a better picture of where we are financially for the summer.

{Ed002's Note - You are not taking the hint and it is getting embarrassing.}

05 Feb 2019 17:22:00
One thing is for sure, no company or sustainable business can survive every year with a £40 million net spend and not balancing the books.



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