Former Gunner turned Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi has leapt to the defence of the clubs transfer policy and told Gooners worldwide what he thinks on those calling for top quality signings:
‘The fans want us to bring in star names, but they don’t all grasp our economic limitations, there are no proven big stars currently on the market. Besides we are not competing on a level playing field with Manchester City and Chelsea. Our means are limited by comparison and our pay structure prevents us going crazy when we sign players.’
Personally, I see this as a bit of a cop out. We had the money following Nasri and Fabregas’ sales. We also had some cash recouped from Clichy leaving, but we opted to wait and not spend it, not the whole amount. We chose to sit and wait rather than act swiftly and obtain the likes of Juan Mata on the cheap.
In my mind, the board are solely responsible for this, as I think given the opportunity Arsene Wenger would’ve spent the money. As it stands, the Arsenal board are too greedy and cautious over everything. They only want to make money. We have been taken over by an American billionaire, yet we still have no cash to spend – what’s going on!?
Grimandi also mentioned the current state of the Arsenal squad, claiming they are too injury-prone:
‘We have so many injuries because we keep hold of the ball more than other teams and this exposes the team to more knocks from opponents It is also because we have a lot of small-sized players, and the fact we take part in so many competitions increases risk of injury.’
Arsenal have always had injury problems and I hate to say it, but currently it seems the players who are injury-prone are the ones we heavily rely. This was always going to cause us a problem. We need something done about this and quickly.
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