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Arsenal: Actions speak louder than words

Thursday 31st August 2017
Through a myriad of sales and not many additions, Arsenal has  made a £27 million profit this summer. For most clubs, this would be seen as a positive sign highlighting a responsible and considered running of the club. But for the Gunners, a club that spouted its ambition as Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year contract, it's absolutely criminal.

They may profess to hold title ambitions, but their actions speak far louder than their words.
There was much backlash to Arsene Wenger's new two-year deal shortly after he masterminded a humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, a slipping out of the Champions League qualification places, and what can undoubtedly be classified as the worst period of his 21-year tenure. The traditional 'Wenger Out' faction of the fan base has been ever growing and towards the closing stages of last season, it reached boiling point; the time for Wenger to go, most would now suggest, has come.

But Wenger, and Arsenal, in a state of utter defiance and rebellion, agreed to a new deal. To try and appease an increasingly angry and vociferous fan base, Wenger, Arsenal and the club were quick to state their ambition for the season and seasons ahead. Speaking shortly after the news was announced, Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis was bullish in his assessment of the future:

"Our goal is to compete for and win trophies here and in Europe. Everything we do is designed to make that happen and we will be working hard on and off the pitch this summer to improve and make a strong challenge next season. The club has grown beyond recognition in every aspect in recent years and we have the platform to be successful and meet the ambitions we and our fans share."

Good things to hear, right? Certainly, Gazidis is the master of offering hope to the hopeless, even if it is unfounded. But Arsenal's actions have not supported their words. Remarkably for a club who are, apparently, competing for the title, Arsenal have actually made a profit this summer.

So far this summer, Arsenal have signed just two players: Alexandre Lacazette (£46 million) and Sead Kolainac (Free transfer). In contrast, they have sold six players: Wojciech Szczesny (£11 million), Gabriel Paulista (£10 million), Isaac Hinds (£2 million), Jon Toral (£3 million), Kieran Gibbs (£7 million) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£40 million).

In total, that equates to a £27 million profit in transfer fees. Now, there may be an increase in wages -- it's fair to suggest that Lacazette and Kolasinac will be on significant figures, and given that Arsenal did not pay for Szczesny's wage, nor Joel Campbell, Calum Chambers and other returnee loanees, it's easy to see how this has increased -- that the club must accommodate for. But that does not negate the unfulfillment of their claims.

All that Arsenal's business this summer proves is that Gazids, Wenger and Stan Kroenke's, who is the head of it all as the chief instigator and wallet-preserver, words were nothing more than that, mere words. They were twisted, contorted, manufactured. Quite simply, they were mistaken at best and downright lying at worst. Their actions speak louder than their words and it's far from pretty.
Andrew Dowdeswell

A sport obsessed 20 something who just really wants Arsenal to finally win the league. Please Wenger, what the hell happened to you?!


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