If ever there was a reason to snap up Kroenke, this is it

At the end of the season, when asked about his transfer plans, Arsene Wenger indicated that his main intention was to keep the current team together.

While that was in some ways frustrating, the return of Carlos Vela, along with perhaps one defensive player, would have given us a pretty good squad, though not title-winning, I suspect.

So it came as a shock this morning to read Wenger's words that we must prepare ourselves for another decade of frustration and sales. Despite the club returning incredible financial figures that put us in the top five clubs in the world, it seems that the burden of the Emirates is going to be felt for some time to come:

"The strategy of the club is to sell every year and to buy less expensive players," said Wenger.

"We manage at Arsenal to maintain all our football ambitions - national and European - while having to free up, for 17 more years, an annual surplus of £24million to pay for our stadium.

"The club's strategy is to favour the policy of youngsters ahead of stars and to count on the collective quality of our game."

So whoever comes in this season will only be around longer enough for Wenger to fatten him up and sell him on? It just doesn't make sense. Especially when we fans are paying very high prices to watch the team week in, week out.

No wonder Wenger admitted that he wanted the rules changed: "If I had the power to change anything basic in football, it would be the transfer system which makes mercenaries of players. If they are bad ones, they stay, and if they are good, they think only of leaving. I have fought for them to earn a very good living, but I impose respect for their contract upon them."

Whether that is a thinly-veiled attack on the Hlebs and Adebayors of this world, only Wenger knows.

What is certain though, is that we cannot afford to compete unless another investor comes on board.

Step foward, Stan Kroenke.