Club Focus – Arsenal – Financial boost for the Gunners as they look to add quality

A lack of silverware for the Gunners this season has strengthened the view that there is a direct trade-off in terms of economically viable management and success. As large profits have been recorded and transfers made to balance the books, it seems like the new stadium that was to be their catalyst is more akin to a millstone around the neck at present.

The move to the Emirates Stadium has significantly increased Arsenal’s revenue and turnover – Forbes ranked them 3rd in their list of the world’s wealthiest clubs – yet the debt from the project appears to be holding back the club. The squad depth afforded to Manchester United and Chelsea by virtue of their wealth is something that eludes the north London side at present, prompting Arsene Wenger’s youth development policy. Whilst he undoubtedly has an array of talented individuals at his disposal, questions over their mentality and capability as a team subsist and are reinforced by displays such as the capitulation against Wigan. It is widely thought that experience is desperately lacking at the club and could be the catalyst from turning the clich

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