Not quite. My point is slightly more nuanced than that.... but not much.
I believe that Arsenal has gained a reputation for messing clubs around when it comes to buying players. Quibbling over a few million here and there begs certain questions about how serious a buyer's interest really is in acquiring a player (asset) in the tens of millions. Believe me when I say that at this level (at least in the business world), egos often get completely out of control meaning cutting one's nose to spite one's face is always a viable option.
Some will defend AW's rigid stance on valuations. Others, like me for instance, believe that we have missed countless targets based on a misguided matter of principle when evidence suggests we could have easily afforded them.
Also why do people keep saying "punishing" when questioning me? I never said that because it's completely the wrong choice of word. I merely suggested that clubs would rather sell to other destinations based upon their (and our) conduct during past negotiations. Fuck me, I had no idea people would be so defensive over this!
And lastly, I'm not asking for you or anyone else to agree with me. Just my opinion.