Gazidis: Arsenal Ready to Spend Big On Transfers and Salaries
After Arsenal FC announced that they have secured a contract extension worth £150million from main sponsors Emirates, the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis claimed that the Gunners will soon be able to spend big in the transfer market.
Emirates, who are not only Arsenal’s shirt sponsors but also own the naming rights of the club’s state-of-the-art stadium, will be paying £30million on an annual basis to the club as per the terms of the new agreement. It means that Arsenal’s revenues have received a massive boost and Gazidis says that the ailing North London giants will soon be capable of battling it out with their rich rivals for quality players.
“What we can do is to develop a really strong financial platform for the club which give us the ability to compete for top players, both that we want to bring in and whom we want to keep,” he said.
Gazidis further added: “We will be able to be more financially competitive, which will enable us to push forwards on the field. We can pay bigger salaries and I think we can invest more in transfer fees…. We do have cash coming in from this Emirates deal, because we wanted to start to invest in the team a little more now, so we will have that capability by the summer. But we also kept some powder dry, so we have got the ability to invest if the manager finds the right opportunities in January.”
Premiership Still the Strongest in Europe for Wenger
Arsene Wenger considers Barclays Premier League as the ‘strongest’ footballing competition in Europe despite the fact that its four elite clubs have struggled this season in the Champions League.
While Arsenal and Manchester United have qualified for the group stages, same has not been the case for Manchester City and Chelsea, who both find themselves fourth and third in their respective groups. Meanwhile, all four Spanish clubs have comfortably secured their qualification for the next round, which has given birth to debate whether or not PL still is the best competition in Europe.
For Wenger, though, nothing has changed and he still believes that the Premiership is superior to La Liga and its other rival leagues.
The Frenchman recently said: “I would still say England is the strongest, because in England if they want a player, they still get him. As long as that happens you will be the most powerful in Europe. England is the best, because there’s something more here. It is not only linked with what you see on the pitch, but how you experience football. That is what I believe deeply, and when I speak to the players they say exactly the same.”
Arshavin Wanted By Fulham and Zenit St Petersburg
Arsenal’s London rivals Fulham and Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg have enquired about signing their outcast midfielder Andrey Arshavin, according to a report published by Goal.com.
The Russian international, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, is not considered a major part of coach Arsene Wenger’s squad and therefore, the Gunners would be willing to listen to any offers for him. However, Goal claim that Arsenal are hoping to recover a transfer fee of £5 million from Arshavin’s sale and that might put the possibility of any transfer in jeopardy.
Szczesny Wants to Emulate Chelsea’s Euro Triumph
Wojciech Szczesny has once again spoken of desire to replicate the Champion League triumph of Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea.
The Gunners have already secured their qualification for the competition’s knock out stage and now their Polish goalkeeper is looking to go all the way just like the Blues did last season. However, he doesn’t want European success to affect Arsenal’s league form, something which happened to Chelsea last season.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, Szczesny said: “You only take part in competitions with ambitions to win it, don’t you? There are other, fantastic teams in Europe who are more likely to win it. But I’m in this competition to win it.
“Chelsea had a fantastic run but they weren’t great in the Premier League. We hope we can do what they did last season but also do a bit better in the Premier League as well.”
Wenger Urges Walcott to Sign Da Ting
Arsene Wenger believes that Theo Walcott needs to agree a new deal with Arsenal in order to prove that he is genuinely committed to the club.
Walcott’s existing deal is set to expire at the end of the season and despite several rounds of negotiations having taken place already, an agreement over new contract has yet to be reached. With time running out, the Arsenal boss has urged the 23-year-old winger to thrash out a deal and prove his commitment to the club.
The Frenchman recently told the press: “It is very important in our sport to be very committed to where you are, and as long as you do not do that, you are not completely at ease. It is important for our squad as well that he is completely committed.
“I do not doubt it, but as well at some stage it has to be concrete. Ideally, he has to commit. It is difficult. I believe you have to commit at some stage. If it is not sorted out, we will still be sitting here talking about it in January.”