It will not come as a surprise to many Arsenal fans, as we already knew or suspected that the Frenchman does not like to spend a lot of money. That is why some fans have accused our manager in the past of treating the Arsenal transfer kitty as if it was his own money.
Now Wenger has come out and admitted that this is exactly how he approaches the transfer comings and goings at the club, reports the Evening Standard. His comments are in a new book about the game by the former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley.
Wenger revealed, “I personally believe the only way to be a manager is to spend the club’s money as if it were your own because if you don’t do that you’re susceptible to too many mistakes.
“You make big decisions and I believe you have to act like it’s your own money, like you’re the owner of the club and you can identify completely with the club. Because if you don’t do that I think you cannot go far.”
With transfer fees continually on the rise and this summer seeing some crazy prices paid for players, such as the signing of rumoured Arsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain by Italian champions Juventus and the crazy money set to be shelled out by Manchester United for their former youth star Paul Pogba, is this why Arsenal have made just one big transfer so far?
With the Gunners still needing at least two more players, in my opinion, is Wenger’s policy stopping us getting the striker and central defender we need to compete for major trophy success?