Barcelona Has Bankrolled Almost Half of Arsenal’s Transfer Kitty Since 2000

16 Aug

While Arsenal supporters are irate at Barcelona’s penny-pinching over the transfer of Cesc Fabregas, they should in fact be grateful to the Catalan club for the amount of income they are responsible for over the last decade. Since 2000, Arsenal has generated €310m from the sale of players. Of that total, a whopping €128m or 41% has come from Barcelona through the sale of six players:

Marc Overmars (2000) – €40m
Emmanuel Petit (2000) – €15m
Gio Van Bronckhorst (2003) – free
Thierry Henry (2007) – €24m
Alexander Hleb (2008) – €15m
Cesc Fabregas (2011) – €34m

Arsene Wenger has always displayed an astute sense of timing when selling his players, but has experienced a mixed bag of results in dealings with Barcelona. Three on that list – Overmars, Petit, and Hleb – were duds at the Catalan club. Van Bronckhorst was a field general at left back for Frank Rijkaard and won two league titles as well as a Champions League. Henry began slowly only to shine in his second season helping Barcelona to the sextuple. As for Fabregas, the sky is the limit.

Shrewd business for sure on the part of both clubs. In the end, Gooners should be more thankful than spiteful for all the cash in their club’s bank account on behalf of Barcelona, and can now justify with some statistical backing the incessant chants of “spend some f**king money.”

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3 Responses to “Barcelona Has Bankrolled Almost Half of Arsenal’s Transfer Kitty Since 2000”

  1. Jordan May 24, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Premiership teams can have their pick of foreign pyrleas with the inflated wages they pay, financed by the big tv money. Celtic have to be smarter and more innovative, hence this loan deal. Celtic and Barcelona are more than just football clubs, they are a way of life. This is why they enjoy a special relationship. Don’t forget we gave them Henke, who won them the Champions League. So, hands off Crosas, he’s coming to Paradise.

    • Chris July 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

      Shut the hell up. Celtic is just a rich, mediocre club playing amongst shitty clubs. They would get crushed in any of europe’s top four leagues.


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