Spend some f*****g money has not been heard round the ground for a while. Not due to us not spending much, but more due to the apathy of the protesting fans.
In the summer, it was already a documented disgrace that Arsenal made a profit on transfers.
The club made just two signings:
Sead Kolašinac – Free transfer
Alexandre Lacazette – £46,500,000
This £46,500,000 spent was offset by over £70,000,000 coming in:
Kaylen Hinds – £2,500,000
Wojciech Szczesny – £10,000,000
Gabriel – £10,000,000
Jon Toral – £3,000,000
Kieran Gibbs – £7,000,000
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £40,000,000
Donyell Malen – £1,000,000
Already in January we have bought in £12,000,000 selling Francis Coquelin, with £1,800,000 being spent on Konstantinos Mavropanos.
This brings us to £85,500,000 in income, and just £48,300,000 spent.
News broke yesterday that Theo Walcott was on the verge of joining Everton. I imagine this deal will go through – or cause the likes of Southampton and West Ham to revive their interest. Taking into account he is a proven Premier League goal scorer, and with 18 months still to go on his contract, Arsenal are in a position of strength.
I would expect us to bring in between £20-£30,000,000 for Walcott.
We then have Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal have made it clear that Sanchez will leave, if a replacement is sourced. It would not be surprising to see him go on deadline day, even if a replacement does not come in. Reports are that Arsenal will do business at around the £30,000,000 mark.
If both Walcott and Sanchez leave, that will leave us not too far off £150,000,000 bought in with players leaving – and if no one else joins, a profit of nearly £100,000,000.
And the board wonders why we scream spend some f*****g money