Arsenal quickly followed up the sale of Van Persie with that of midfield enforcer Alex Song, and while the Gunners’ fans might be cursing Arsene Wenger with each breath they take, one can’t help but admire the man’s business sense.
Arsenal have made three signings this summer – bringing in two strikers in Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski for roughly 24 million, exactly how much they earned from the sale of 29-year old Robin van Persie, and then brought in a playmaker in Santi Cazorla and recovered the funds by selling Alex Song, thereby ensuring like every year their books are the way they should be – balanced.
While the naysayers will no doubt point to how much Song is truly worth to the Arsenal side, there are a few crucial facts they tend to overlook:
a) Arsenal’s need for a playmaker to replace Cesc Fabregas was much more severe
b) Arsenal have a number of players who can fit into Alex Song’s position – in fact, some would save they have too many.
c) It is better to lose Song to a club outside England than locally.
All in all, some great business by Wenger.
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