Liverpool vs. Arsenal Kids League Cup preview

Posted: December 19, 2006 in Arsenal

It’s no secret that Arsene will field a young side in the League cup as that as been his norm over the past few years. We have a bunch of talented youngsters if I may say so myself…. Again, some coaches are just a bit res-eyed over this and have resorted to pre-match put downs like this one from Benitez

“We know there is a big difference with Arsenal who can pay millions for Denilson and also spend big on Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby.

“We monitored Denilson, Walcott and Diaby but we cannot compete with the big money spent on them. We are trying to do the same things on a lot less money, so we have to work twice as hard.”

Eh? Recap of the 2006 summer transfers

ARSENAL

In: Tomas Rosicky (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed); William Gallas (Chelsea, player exchange), Denilson (Sao Paulo, £3.4m).

LIVERPOOL
In: Craig Bellamy (Blackburn Rovers, undisclosed); Gabriel Paletta (Atletico Banfield, £2million); Fabio Aurelio (Valencia, free); Jermaine Pennant (Birmingham City, undisclosed); Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord, undisclosed).

2005 season

Abou Diaby from Auxerre to Arsenal, £2m
Theo Walcott from Southampton to Arsenal, £5m
Emmanuel Adebayor from Monaco to Arsenal, Undisclosed
Alexander Hleb from VfB Stuttgart to Arsenal, £6m
Peter Crouch from Southampton to Liverpool, £7m
Daniel Agger from Brøndby to Liverpool, £5.8m

Simple math over the past two seasons :

Arsenal bought £16.4 mil + 2 undisclosed transfers (Rosicky and Adebayor)
Liverpool bought £14.8 mil + 3 undisclosed transfers (Bellamy, Kuyt, Pennant)

“A lot less money”. Are you kidding me? Looks more even to me then the huge gulf he thought he saved.

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