I strongly believe that Arsenal have done a lot better business than their competitors Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham in the transfer market. I know it's hard to believe me, especially for Arsenal fans but just hold on to your horses and listen to my arguments before planning to shoot me down!
P.S: I would like to add that this article is meant to a crack at Arsene Wenger and I am not making an effort at really justifying his transfer policies. Cue: It's filed under humour
Manchester United spent more than £50 million and might end up spending upwards of £100 odd million before the window closes! They finished 1st last year and for many more years before that. In all probability they will finish 1st again or at worst 2nd. So they spent tons of money to stay where they are with no improvement whatsoever.
Cost £50/100 million - Position gained 0/-1
Liverpool spent £100 odd million in last 6 months only to finish 6th last year and in all probability they will end up 5th at best. So a possible gain of 1 place at net spend of £50+ million.
Cost £50+ million - Position gained 0/+1
Manchester City spent nearly £40 million on one player alone and keeping up their trend from the last few seasons they might end up spending £100 million by the time the window closes. They were 3rd last year and there is very good chance they will be 3rd again when the 2011-12 season ends.
Cost £100 million - Position gained +1/-1
Chelsea spent upwards of £70 million in the winter transfer window and if they do get their hands on Luka Modric, that sum will touch £100 million. They finished 2nd last year and they will finish 1st at best and 2nd at worst again.
Cost £100+ million - Position gained 0/+1
Arsenal have been making net profits in player sales and with the sale of Samir Nasri to Manchester City and Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, there is a good chance that they will make a net profit of £50 million.
The Gunners finished 4th last year after a late slump. They were kicked out of Champions League by Barcelona. This was the same result as Manchester United, and at least they beat Barcelona once. The worst they can do this year is 4th again and at best 2nd or 3rd position.
Profit £50+ million - Position gained -1/+2
If you understand even the basics of Economics, you know who did the better job in the transfer window :D