Earlier this week Arsene Wenger was quoted in the Belgian press talking about Eden Hazard but also the club’s need to make £15-20m profit by the start of each season.
Many people took this to mean it had to be made from transfer business alone, but today at his pre-Sunderland press conference, Wenger was asked about the comments and expanded a little on what he meant.
“I mean by that we want to pay the debt back from building the stadium and that’s around £15m, so it’s normal that at the start we have to make £15m or we lose money.”
He was immediately asked if this meant his hands were tied with regard to transfers and he answered with an emphatic “No”, before saying, “I accept one basic principle for every company and that’s that you can spend the money you make, and it looks always to be a massive surprise that I have to convince you of that.
“It’s just common sense and logic that what goes out has to equal what comes in and if that doesn’t work the company loses money.
“I am surprised that you’re surprised? Do you think the target of the club is to lose money? It’s normal for any company in the world so I don’t know why it’s a surprise.”
The boss also ruled himself out of the running for the England job, a question he was asked a surprising number of times given how jingoistic the press have been since Capello was sacked. The idea of the Frenchman in charge of England would certainly send many of them into fits of rage but they needn’t worry, Wenger has no interest in the job whatsoever.
“I have never really been tempted by a national team job because for me it is a completely different job. England is a big football country with over 65 million people who have a big passion for the game.
I love England and I want England to do well. Therefore I let the FA deal with that problem.”
And it seems their solution will be a saggy, twitchy-faced illiterate with one FA Cup to his name in 25 year managerial career. A true recipe for success.