The British summer is upon us once more and surprisingly nothing much has changed. The English rain still falls, Murray still hasn’t won Wimbledon and now Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he still won’t be spending big in the transfer market.
It’s a recurring trend that sports fans across the country have become accustomed to but the Frenchman’s principles have led to another of his star players being linked with a move away from the club. Robin van Persie’s impending departure has raised further concerns at the Emirates Stadium that they cannot compete financially with Premier League’s big spenders. While many fans appreciate the Gunners’ sustainability, Manchester City’s ability to snare their best players every summer has led to some questioning why their top talent cannot be persuaded to stay in North London.
With one year left on his contract, Van Persie’s future is not set in stone but many believe it is only a matter of time before the Dutchman leaves and while Wenger’s philosophy of spending wisely is admirable, the Arsenal project has lost another talented individual at a time when they should have been playing their best football for the club. The one positive will be the hefty chunk of cash received but since Wenger has announced he will not be splashing out, Arsenal fans will certainly not be witnessing the same sort of player influx as Paris Saint Germain this summer.
It may not be a glamorous recruitment policy but its needs must given Wenger’s philosophy so which players can Arsenal realistically sign on the cheap that will improve their squad?