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Edelman exit may loosen Arsenal purse strings for Wenger

Keith Edelman's departure from Arsenal could loosen the purse strings for manager Arsene Wenger in the summer market.

The Times says Edelman's financial record could not be faulted: the opening of the Emirates Stadium transformed Arsenal's bank balance, with takings each match day soaring to more than £3million. Record profits and record income of more than £200million mean that Arsenal are now rated by Forbes magazine as the third-wealthiest club in the world.

But Edelman was seen as cost-conscious to the point of penny-pinching and insiders say that he was not liked by Wenger. Fans have wanted big-money buys and, although there was much talk of a massive war chest, Wenger has not waded into the transfer market, leading to worries that Arsenal, who have not won a trophy for three years, were being left behind by Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

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