As if you needed to be reminded, it has again been confirmed for the benefit of perplexed Arsenal fans that Arsene Wenger does not have as much money to spend on new players as his counterparts at Rouble FC and Oil Slick City.
The man to reveal the shocking news on this occasion; Gilles Grimandi – utility man-turned-scout who mostly spends his days pottering about France trying to offload magic beans and a bedraggled Sebastien Squillaci,
Pushed to outline the difficulties of his job, following a summer which has seen him recruit a striker who has to kill Kim Jong-Il in two years time, Grimandi explained while playing with his delightful Gallic curls:
“The fans want us to bring in star names, but they don’t all grasp our economic limitations.
“There are no proven big stars currently on the market. Besides we are not competing on a level playing field with Manchester City and Chelsea.
“Our means are limited by comparison and our pay structure prevents us going crazy when we sign players.”
Just to rub salt in the wounds, despite the transfer window shutting over 40 days ago, the agent of Eden Hazard has gone on record saying we made an approach for the Belgian (but failed…in case you were wondering), while Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed he dismissed Arsene Wenger’s attempts to sign Yoann Gourcuff.