Make no mistake, when Arsene Wenger took out his chequebook last summer and signed away £750,000 in exchange for the services of Mikael Silvestre, it was the best decision he ever made.
Sure, he may be an ageing relic, a defender past his prime who wasn’t that great to start with, but the merits of a transfer shouldn’t be judged solely on the benefits he brings the club, oh no. We should also look at the effects the transfer has on the selling club.
Sir Alex Ferguson would have been laughing had he reflected on the transfer a year on. Manchester United had won the Premier League title and sported one of the meanest defences in world football.
A lesser man than Arsene Wenger would surely have rued the deal. Looking over at Old Trafford scorning the hand lady luck had dealt him.
But Arsene Wenger is a man that looks to the long-term, a visionary that gazes to the future.
How much would Sir Alex Ferguson pay now to have an experienced defender like Silvestre within his ranks? Manchester United have lost two games in quick succession and this can largely be attributed to the injury crisis that has ravaged the Red Devils’ defence.
Indeed, if Arsenal manage to win their game in hand over their old rivals then they will leapfrog them into second place in the Premier League.
Can Arsenal’s ascension and United’s untimely demise be exclusively attributed to the transfer of Mikael Silvestre? All semblance of meaning and logic dictates that it must surely be so.
Spending £750k to fundamentally weaken one of your closest rivals? Seems like money well spent to me!