“We need to be really disciplined when we are dealing with senior players who are not towards the end of their careers.”
Those were the words of Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham in a recent interview with the club’s official website, and it was a statement that more than surprised supporters given events in recent years.
This season alone has seen Aaron Ramsey leave the club on a free to Juventus and will also see Danny Welbeck depart when his deal expires at the end of the month, and in the past we have seen Arsenal receive either nothing or a small fee for players who should be going for big fees.
Which is why Venkatesham’s comments were so surprising, as the managing director also said that players in the final two years of their contract and not in the final years of their career will have action taken upon themselves in the form of being sold or having their deals renewed.
This is a strategy that has excited fans, as the club have been poor when it comes to recouping transfer fees for players or even getting any decent money for names who can easily be sold for more, and this shift will benefit Arsenal greatly in the long-term.
With no form of income coming from billionaire owner Stan Kroenke and the club well known for only spending what they make from sponsorship deals and ticket sales, a stricter transfer scheme will add more funds to Arsenal’s transfer budget as the years go on, which will lead to better players joining the club.
It’s taken a while, but the backroom staff at Arsenal are finally making the right moves to ensure Unai Emery has the funds to build a team that can compete in the Premier League in the near-future.
Arsenal fans, is this is a promising step in the right direction for the club? Let us know!
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