Henry Winter: Arsene Wenger must jettison many and recruit better ... and he can't afford to blink in the transfer market again
Published 17/02/2012 | 13:19
ARSENAL need to look at AC Milan’s starting XI on Wednesday night in the San Siro and appreciate that a strong, well-balanced team can be built for a sensible outlay.
The issue that Arsène Wenger must now address is how to juggle his wage bill better.
Massimiliano Allegri’s starting XI for the Champions League game on Wednesday night cost in the region of £70 million, hardly an outrageous investment in the modern era. Christian Abbiati cost nothing, Ignazio Abate (£2 million), Philippe Mexes (free), Thiago Silva (£6 million), Luca Antonini (£2.2 million), Mark van Bommel (free), Clarence Seedorf (complicated as part-exchange with Francisco Coco to Inter), Antonio Nocerino (£600,000), Kevin-Prince Boateng (£5 million), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£24 million) and Robinho (£15 million).