Arsenal Transfer News: Commitment to Spending Is Encouraging for Club's Future

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Arsene Wenger the Arsenal manager reacts during the Barclays Premier league match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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The last few years for Arsenal have not been up to the standard of the club's proud history. However, it seems like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

After a little more than half of the English Premier League season, Arsenal sits in sixth place in the league table. If things continue this way, it would be the first time the club will finish outside of the top four spots since 1996.

As bad as things have gotten on the field, the situation off of it has been just as porous. The club has failed to bring in top talent and has become a bit of a "feeder" to the top organizations around the world.

Robin van Persie going to Manchester United was the latest in a long line of talented players that were sold from the squad.

Fortunately, this should end soon. 

According to Alex Hankin of the Daily MirrorArsene Wenger promises to start spending more money on his club:

My plan is to keep all of the players we have and then to add maybe, if possible, two new players to the squad. We will spend big (again) because we had restricted finances because we had built the stadium and had to pay that back

You look at any club who has done that, and they have gone down (in performance). Now we have come out in a much stronger position financial again, so we can spend.

As the boss said, the first step is keeping all of the current players on the roster. The primary focus in that respect is Theo Walcott, who has been linked to a number of different clubs and has been rumored to be on his way out over the past few weeks.

However, The Telegraph reported that the 23-year-old forward will sign a new contract worth £20 million and will make around £100,000 a week. 

With Walcott signed, the next step is to add quality players from other clubs. One potential transfer is Mohamed Diame from West Ham. 

The midfielder could be added for as little as a £3.5 million, according to Alex Hankin of the Daily Mirror.

Still, there are plenty of high-priced players that should be available during the summer. Wenger must prove that he is actually willing to put money into the program and that his latest statement is not just talk. 

Otherwise, the next few years will look exactly like the last few years.