Barry going to City, SHOW ME THE MONEY!

No, not that Barry, the other Barry

Ugh… Not much actual Arsenal news this morning but there are a ton of stories about players who were supposedly Arsenal targets who are now headed elsewhere. Love the idea, hate the idea, or tepid about the idea, it’s looking increasingly like the Villa midfielder is not coming to Arsenal and is instead going to be paired with Robinho and a pack of other mercenaries trying to buy their way into Europe.

Make no mistake about it, this is about money. Reportedly, Villa have accepted a mere £12m bid for the player they famously refused to let go to Liverpool for £18m last season. Why? Because I suspect that City offered Barry a huge salary and he told Villa he wanted out. Reportedly, he’ll be getting a £60,000 a week raise which, even a team like Chelsea wouldn’t pay for a player like Barry. Face it, he’s the third or fourth best CM in the England national team, is that worth £5m a year?

No, this is about the money. A player who previously stated a desire to play in Europe as the reason for agitating to go to Liverpool is now signing for Manchester City. I hope he does sign for City, I don’t want scum like that at Arsenal. 


Anatomy of a Transfer

Meanwhile, the chaps over at The Game have put together a lovely little graphic which does quite a job explaining how transfer deals are supposed to happen, and how they really happen. Yay. The real story in that graphic, though, is in the lower right hand corner, I’ll give you a second to find it…


Look at Arsenal there at the top of the list, read across, yes, you read that right, according to that graphic Arsenal have earned £5m if you total up all the summer transfer windows since 2004.  Interstingly, 2004 is the year that Chelsea spent £87m and won the league and it is the year that Arsenal last finished in the top two, which pretty much marks the beginning of the rebuilding phase that we have been in. Interesting, but looking down the list, a few other things stand out.

First, no one, no one, has spent less in the last 4 years than Arsenal. The fact that we’re still in Europe and still turning massive profits is either a feat of incredible management or a huge shame (because if we spent more we could challenge for more trophies — theoretically) depending on which side of the debate you land. I tend toward the first, because all you need to do is look at the list, spending is not a guarantee of success. Tottenham have spent £50m, Sunderland £66m, and Wigan £10m, and their places on the league table haven’t really changed much over those 4 years. If anything, Sunderland’s gotten worse! So, I’m of the mind that it is a feat of amazing management by Arsene Wenger.

Second, that said, sometimes a big bump in spending can get a club over a hump. Chelsea spent £87m and went on to win two league titles, the FA Cup, Carling Cups, some Charity Shields (the most self important of all trophies), a Gillingham Spelling Bee, and School Lunch Program Meal of the Week.  Similarly, Man U spent big back in 2007 and have netted back to back titles, an FA cup, the Carling Cup, a Club World Cup (aka, The Holy Grail), a Champions League, and the love and admiration of billions of fans the world over. My point is that sometimes a bump in spending can have a great effect; of course it has to be prudent and of course there are no guarantees of success (or Liverpool would have won the league by now) but sometimes, sometimes, spending can get results.

You have to buy the right players, you know, like Andrei Arshavin, but SOMETIMES SPENDING WORKS.

Ahem.  (Wenger are you listening?) 

Tony Adams in for Celtic?

I hear tell that Tony Adams is in line to manage Celtic! Well, good for him. It was a shame to see him drubbed out of Pompey after Harry raped the team and left them for dead. Managing a big club, from the start of the season, is exactly the kind of test that Adams need to see if he can go on to be a top four EPL manager one day.

Good luck Tony.

No one linked to Arsenal

Given Arsenal’s last 4 years of refusing to spend big, it’s starting to look like maybe the press are going to ignore us for a season. Sure, they kicked off the Summer Transfer window with a few stories, but those were all recycled  garbage from last year. Other than that I haven’t heard much.

There’s the Vermaelan story I reported on the last few days, Ajax defender and captain, cheapish, Belgian national team, etc. but I have a real hard time believing these stories when you read them at all closely. The one I linked above is probably the most reliable, because it merely mentions that Arsenal are selling Kolo Toure to Manchester City. Some of the other links out there talk about emergency board meetings, Gazidis smoothing things over with Wenger, and of course the oft touted and thoroughly disproved “Arsenal only have £13m to spend on transfers” story which all have Usmanov’s fat finger prints on them.

So, if you’re looking for a signing, I suppose you’ll just have to wait!

See you tomorrow…


26 Responses to “Barry going to City, SHOW ME THE MONEY!”

  1. 1 CaribKid
    June 2, 2009 at 8:51 am

    We have already half way met our quota of new signings Tim. Two 15 year old kids in Edge and Angha. The other two will be another experienced geriatric to replace Silvestre and another injured player with potential to replace Bischoff (lol)

    Hopefully I am just kidding, cant help but have nightmares about our acquisitions after last summer.

  2. June 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I don’t like this blog because we sometimes don’t agree but I just can’t stop reading this blog and I would like to say this is the best Article I have ever read on this blog.

    One thing I know for sure is, Arsenal is healthy and wealthy and will continue to be healthy and wealthy but the blog is not healthy they may be wealthy but not healthy.

    If Wenger can tell them to stop saying we have so and so amount of money to spend then it means the idiots of a board members have been lying to us all along.

    We have the money but they don’t care whether we are succeeding trophy wise, all they care about his their own pockets and or bank accounts.


  3. 8 WC
    June 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Well Tim you say Barry is going to play backup to Stevie Ireland but Barry will get paid more than Ireland and we all know Citeh pick their starting 11 based on the highest wages right? I actually feel sorry for Ireland, he’s one of the best young players in the league and his reward for being Citeh’s best player? Only 60,000 a week and a 12M pound transfer to compete with him for his own position. I guess the meritocracy in Dubai is different than my own?

    In any case he would have been a welcomed addition, but not the player we’re in dire need of since it’s Petrov that really does the business in front of the Villa defense. Onward with the Lorik Cana campaign!!!!

    • 9 CaribKid
      June 2, 2009 at 11:01 am

      Spurs are supposedly in the hunt for Cana.

      • 10 WC
        June 2, 2009 at 11:34 am

        Who aren’t Spurs linked with? If people think Arsenal have alot of links they should check Spuds’ rumour mill history. They just spent a small fortune on Palacios, I don’t see Cana wanting to play second fiddle or vice versa.

  4. 11 viva los gooners
    June 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Cana, oh yeah! This guy is a terrorist. We won’t need to sign anyone else, the guys a one man army, his real first name is an Albanian corruption of Ramboterminator. He would do well in the Prem with us, where the rules are a little more relaxed on physical challenges.

    Does anyone know thw Albanian for ‘your standing in my space’?

    Quick and heavy challenges, generally well timed, quick feet, and looks good with his head from set pieces. We could do a lot worse. I can imagine the opposition asking for the brown shorts.

    Watch him on YouTube!!


    • June 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

      HA! That guy is a barbarian, he reminds me, of… of… me!

      Seriously, I know Wenger has taken chances on players before but this guy is an animal and a potential liability. I can’t see Wenger taking someone with the personality of Lehmann and the tackling of Roy Keane on this Arsenal team.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have him!

      • 13 Darkhail
        June 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

        While he would probably get red carded weekly, at least we would have the opposition literally running towards their own goal the second he charges after them.

  5. June 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Yep, It’s official, I’ve added Barry to my page of players who haven’t signed for Arsenal.

    • 15 CaribKid
      June 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

      Yep, Barry got his dream move and will play CL ball in 3 years time when he officially becomes a rich, well fed, overweight geriatric.

      Hope he “works hard for the money”.

    • 16 CaribKid
      June 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

      I wonder how they fit Barry, Elano, Petrov, Ireland, Kompany, De Jong, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Fernandes, Johnson and Etuhu in the same MF.

      Nice quandary for a manager to have.

  6. 19 WC
    June 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I seriously hate that video of Cana. It pretty much horrifies him and does him no justice. He’s not the caveman the video makes him out to be. I could as well put together a YouTube compliation that makes Messi look like the worst player in the world – doesn’t make it true. He’s gotten 1 red card all season in a less physical league and the card wasn’t even for a malicious tackle but some altercation. He’s no worse than Vieira was and the old skipper probably got more red cards than Cana.

  7. 20 Alex
    June 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Can’t wait till you’re in 5th! Can’t wait till you’re in 5th! Soon we will see…
    Gunners running free, in the great EUROPA league!

  8. 21 viva los gooners
    June 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Correct the clips do not do him justice as a skilful and thoughtful player. In fact, correct me if I’m wrong but I think he has only had one red card in three seasons.

    I agree he does have some Viera type qualities, but there is something else about him which I can’t define.

    Maybe its UNBRIDLED DETERMINATION, not Robbie Savage type determination, more Alan Smith, the Leeds and everybody else Smith, with finesse.


  9. 22 gooner sems
    June 2, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    lol every summer arsenal are linked with someone and we all dream but you know what that is why we are not gonna win anything i mean look at the other european giants and who are they linked to
    madrid:ronaldo ‘kaka cesc
    barcelona:cesc ibrahimovich drogba
    liverpool:villa david silva
    and lol us:a almost relegated french team player lol

    • 23 WC
      June 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm

      Now look at the debt those other clubs are in. We’re in debt but our debt was planned for in order to make a long-term investment. Whereas the likes of the Mancs, Kops and Chavs have little idea how they’re planning to pay their hundred millions owed to their banks when they come calling. That reminds me, Liverpool’s refinance date is coming up in about a month – should be nice to see what they tell the bank in order to get yet another empty deadline extension.

      • 24 CaribKid
        June 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm

        Thing is WC, Liverpool and Manure can sell shares to raise capital and the owners will still retain majority holdings.

        • 25 WC
          June 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm

          Well I’m not entirely convinced they can issue enough shares to cover their debts – maybe Liverpool since they don’t owe as much as the Mancs but Manure have over half a billion to pay off. Liverpool looks like they may change management again for some Indian investment firm and that’s probably more debt to purchase the club and aren’t they still eyeing a new stadium some time in the future at Stanley Park?

  10. 26 CaribKid
    June 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Now that City have gotten Barry and have 10 MF’s, this is the time to go after Kompany. He is certainly surplus to our requirements with Barry, Petrov and De Jong in the fold and would fit in very nicely with Arsenal. He brings pace, height, steel, aerial ability and versatility as he plays across the back 4 and at CM/DM.

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