Wenger publicly spoke of the Italian side being interested in the availability of Chamakh, also saying an offer was made for his services:
Fiorentina requested information on his availability and made an offer.
Although, in response Fiorentina’s Sporting Director Daniele Prade has stated that no such offer was made for Chamakh, although the possibility that there was interest in the Moroccan remains.
He is quoted as saying by SkySports to SportItalia:
Have we made an offer for Chamakh? We have not made one because he earns 3million euros (£2.3m per season).
While the principles behind Arsenal’s old wage structure are to promote a degree of fairness and equality, the above clearly shows the significant inefficiencies that Arsenal have been facing in the past. Inefficiencies that frankly should not be present in a self-sustaining club that wants to be a top contender.
Not only does this type of wage structure make it difficult to attract top players (as much larger wages are offered elsewhere), it also makes it extremely difficult to offload players that simply aren’t up to standard.
You can see how this affects the ability for Arsenal to progress with significant sums of money simply getting tied up in insignificant or unwanted players. Insignificant players who can’t be sold as other clubs are rightly not willing to match the current wages they receive at the Emirates.
We have seen this with Manuel Almunia who simply ran down his contract to squeeze out every last bit of the overpaid wages (reported to be around £60,000 a week) that were agreed in his contract. In return he essentially did nothing last season.
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I, for one, am hugely relieved Arsenal finally decided to abandon this wage structure, but while it has been officially announced recently sadly there is no instant fix and is a process that will at least take a few years to implement.
The repercussions Arsenal are still yet to face are tied to the futures of fringe players that are contributing very little or essentially nothing to the team, but are wanting to be sold by the club. Hopefully though, they are able to offload some of these players and get them off the wage bill as soon as possible.
What do you guys think? Should Arsenal keep Chamakh? What do you think of Arsenal’s old wage bill? Are you glad they changed it? Feel free to leave a comment below!