New Manager But Same Old Story for Arsenal as Lichtsteiner Signs on Free.
Arsenal fans might have sighed some feelings of relief following Arsene Wenger’s departure at the club, but does this change the club’s transfer policy? With the new manager planning to compete at the top level next season, Arsenal board are reportedly willing to offer him a £70 transfer war chest, a fee that may not be enough to sign one top player of nowadays.
This transfer fee report may have been validated by the latest speculations and transfer movement done by Arsenal. Firstly, Arsenal are reported to have held a transfer talk with want away Man United midfielder, Fellaini who is available as a free agent by the end of June.
As if this was not enough, Arsenal just made a free 34 year old defender, Stephan Lichtsteiner their first major signing under Emery. The move was confirmed with a short video clip of Lichtsteiner, wearing an Arsenal polo shirt, saying ‘nothing gets past us’.
He then posted a message to Twitter saying: ‘Happy and honoured to be a Gunner! Will work hard and passionately day in and day out to achieve our sporting objectives and to win trophies with this great club!’
No doubt Lichtsteiner is an experienced player, but his capture does not justify Arsenal’s transfer activities, it is a matter of what is available at the cheap in the transfer market.
This alone sums up the situation at Arsenal. Let’s not forget Arsenal will not be partaking in next season’s Champions League and while many have blamed Wenger for the club’s slump over the years, it seems the issue is just beyond Wenger.