It was inevitable that Arsene Wenger would be asked about the Arsenal transfer rumours in the Gunners pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s game against Chivas, and he was at pains to point out that there are many many clubs competing for just a few talented players that could actually improve the Arsenal team.
“Today you have to be very strong inside the club when you are responsible, not just to buy [for the sake of buying]. There’s always a wave of opinions. I must say people are better informed today – they know all the players. They tell you always that you should buy but when you ask them who to buy, they become much shorter. If you look at the market in Europe, there’s a lot of money available but not many players who really strengthen the teams. If you look at the teams that spend the most money in Europe, they’re not necessarily the teams that won the championships. The global investment of the clubs around us didn’t stop Leicester winning the championship.”
In other words “We have lots of competition, and spending big money does not guarantee success! But he insists Arsenal are still looking for those elusive players that will improve us.”We are still on the market for players.” He continued. “[Be it] at the front or at the back – we are on the market. Unfortunately we are not alone.
“The best way to conclude transfers is not to talk about them, which is very difficult in the press conference! We are on the market but I don’t want to talk specifically about any player because that makes it more difficult for me – and it’s difficult enough.”
But he was very confident about signing a defender when asked if he was expecting a new arrival. He simply said: “Yes I do.”
Why wasn’t he asked if he was expecting to sign a new striker?