We all know we need a keeper and a defender. Many of us believe Wenger and his team are working hard and we have time till the end of the month. A short, vocal majority is going crazy or perhaps just being themselves.
If you have any doubt that Arsene is not serious you should read these comments (that appear in this article),
Let’s still not be fooled. We are short at the back, and we need to add. If we manage to do that, then we are better equipped.
But contrary to what the Misery Brigade think, it’s not easy to sign players in the current market. Wenger described the Koscielny signing as, “Unbelievable difficult”.
Then he went on to explain the present market problems.
For years we have no money. Now we have money and we cannot find players to buy. Many teams who have good players do not want to sell. Germany for example is in a very strong financial situation. Clubs in France are well managed and don’t need to sell. In Italy you have less players who can strengthen Arsenal now. In England the transfer market is flat.
It should be obvious to anyone with some practical experience of decision making and negotiations (in any walk of life) that at this level nothing is simple or easy. It should also be clear that all teams are having difficulties in signing players.
Mascherano wants to leave, Benitez wants him, Liverpool can use the money, but Inter can’t afford him. So even when all parties are willing the deal can’t be done. The same can be said about Mascherano and Farca. In other cases some clubs just don’t want to sell as Farca discovered when a certain English club gave them the finger.
When Wenger says clubs in Germany and France are very strong financially, we have to acknowledge it’s the hard reality and it’s very difficult to negotiate with them. Mertesacker was just one name that came out in the open, I’m sure we must have enquired about many, many more.
It’s also not difficult to understand that the quality in Italy has gone down. There are very few top quality players available and that would automatically mean that the clubs who have them will want a king’s ransom.
One aspect of the financial crisis that is affecting almost all football clubs is that they don’t have much money to spend. But more important is the ramification that clubs value their assets that much more simply because they don’t have anything else. In such a scenario it’s not difficult to understand that most clubs will want exorbitant values.
Arsenal have a phenomenal scouting network, perhaps the best in the world, but that doesn’t mean we can buy anyone, anytime.
Even in this case it is important to realize that some players will want to leave and some clubs will have to sell. These clubs will try and hold on till they can get the best price or till the last moments are passing them by.
By reading tabloids people assume that, for instance, Schwarzer will be available if we upped our bid by a million or so.
It is such a naive way of looking at things. Let’s assume, for the sake of discussion, that we made a bid of around 2 Mn in May. It was rejected.
Now, if we made a bid of 4 Mn within a few days after that do you realize what would happen? The selling club would know it has a strong hand and would ask for 6 or 8. If we went till 8 they would ask for 10. And so on. Nobody is openly going to come and say if you up your bid by a million or so we will sell. And no one is going to sell as long as they know there is still time and they can squeeze more unless they need the money asap.
Now that a new manager is in place, Schwarzer has made his feelings known, and the window is drawing to a close, Fulham also know that they cannot ask for a lot more. So there is a good chance that we will get the deal done in the coming weeks. Even then a possibility exists that Mark Hughes changes his mind at the last minute (out of spite or any other reason). Similarly, the possibility of signing Given has also opened up. It’s not a matter of a million or two but the dynamics of a very complex market.
Some people who have not been involved in business negotiations or any kind of top level decision making might not get this easily. That is understandable. But when these people go ballistic on the basis of their naiveté and ignorance, it gets really tedious and annoying.
Let me reaffirm, we all want a couple of additions. That is a relevant and valid discussion. It gets tricky when the Who we get and When aspects come into the picture. It’s not only a matter of intent; it’s not a matter of the manager being a scrooge; it’s not down to any man’s whims and fancies; and nowhere near as simple as the simpletons would have you believe.
The least we can do is show some respect for someone who has to deal with these intricacies and uncertainty every day.