It is pretty much the same for any manager of any football club, but for those of us that follow the Arsenal and have had 20 years or so to get used to the ways pf Le Prof, Arsene Wenger, it is clear that managers do not always tell the truth when it comes down to the business of transfers, nor should they.
I guess it would be like showing someone what cards you have got in a game of poker, so even though you may be mad keen to sign a certain player or perfectly happy to get rid of another, you generally expect a club to play their cards close to their chest.
That is what Arsenal and Wenger have been doing all summer so far, but the result is that we are now less than a week away from the start of the Premier League season and the Arsenal squad is full of players that will, in all likelihood, not play but simply collect wages and take up space.
I do not want to be disrespectful to the likes of Lucas Perez and Kieran Gibbs as they are very good, but they are surplus to requirements and so we need to get rid. There are still plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours about which players, if any, the boss wants to add to the squad before the transfer window closes but it seems clear that the need to trim the current squad is more important right now.
So Wenger has abandoned the coy approach and flat out admitted that he needs to sell some players and as reported by The Mirror that means that we can expect no signings coming in to the club until there have been some going the other way.
Should Wenger have been doing this much earlier, though?