Well yeah. Because transfer fees got inflated, that doesn't mean Arsenal didn't spend in the past.
Btw. Us not having acquired assets could also mean our scouting was just bad over the past 5-8 years.
This is a good post. While Wenger moans on about the "spending" what the actual big clubs have done is INVEST. Investing signifies to me there is a PLAN. Spending implies buying something that you see that you want even though it might not fit in to a plan (if you have one, which we don't).
I think because we try and buy talented toungsters cheap and then try to turn them into first teamers. Joel Campbell comes to mind. 5m or whatever he cost and he never developed. Then you've got Chelsea buying KDB for big money. He was kind of a sure thing, but we won't shell out that money on a guy not ready for the first xi. Those other clubs have been doing shit like that for years.
De Bruyne was like 7 million pounds for Chelsea.
De Bruyne cost less than Ox. Campbell was out on loan for ages, never got really a chance until recently and is now again out on loan.
Someone paid a lot of money for him at a young age. But still out scouting is very clearly letting us down.
It's a bit of an old issue anyway. Usmanov has been involved with the club for a decade as a major shareholder and he's been dodgy throughout all that time so the damage of him being not a very nice man is kind of done already. It's not like he's emerged out of nowhere.
anyone still want him at the club?
He's trying to endear himself to the fans because like many of our board members they're out of touch with how the fans feel about Wengers reign.
I'm not 100% against Wenger having input in to the decision. But if you let him name his successor he will find a way to name himself.