Arsenal: A football club or a business?

Arsenal have prioritised profit over trophies for eight years making many fans question the motives of the board

Jak Edgley
Published 06/05/2013 07:14 by Jak Edgley, read by 4,250 people.

Arsenal fans have a right to be furious. First of all they haven't won a trophy in eight years, and a staggering 75 medals have been won by former players since Arsenal's last success. 

Make that 76 and counting, with Robin van Persie about to recieve a winners medal with Manchester United for securing the Premier League title, just a year after securing a £24million move away from Arsenal.

Many fans have been left disrguntled and dissapointed with the constant departures of their star players, such as Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. 

Such a large player exodus would suggest that the Arsenal board, and Stan Kroenke in particular are looking to personally gain wealth with no interest in the club whatsoever. It is no secret that Arsenal are in a very solid position financially, with the North London club consistently posting profit year after year, but what happens to this money that they make?

Year after year, Arsene Wenger is told he has substantial funds in which to acquire new players but he never does. It seems bizarre that he wouldn't want to spend the money on offer, perhaps there is something going on internally behind the scenes which is preventing Wenger from splashing the cash in the transfer market.

The money is most probably sat in a bank account gaining considerbale interest; which could subsequently be used to offer bonuses to executive members of the club, preventing the use of the money to be spent in the transfer market. 

Stan Kroenke has acquired the nickname 'Silent Stan' for his lack of public appearences and apparent refusal to speak about the club he owns. He owns multiple franchises in the US and could just be using Arsenal for his own personal gain; something the fans are not too pleased with. 

The Arsenal fans have every right to moan about the current state of their club, yes they reach the top four practiaclly every year, but is selling all your star players to rival clubs really the ideal solution to end an eight-year drought for a major trophy? 

Until Stan Kroenke sells the club, or the mentality of the board changes, Arsenal will remain just a profitable business and continue to lose its soul as a football club.

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