Unless you are naive enough to believe every word that comes out of Arsene Wenger´s mouth, you will probably have been left, as I was, thinking that the Arsenal press conference today revealed a bot more about the Gunners´transfer plans than the Frenchman would have liked.
He was asked about the Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema and the Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal and his attempts to rebuff the speculation were not very convincing. In a report on the Arsenal website he tried to make a joke of it and also to claim that he has got way too much on his mind to think about transfers at the minute.
That might sound a bit more believable if we did not know that Wenger and his scouting team are always working on which players to bring in and previous admissions from the boss after a deal has been done that it had been ongoing for some time.
On Benzema he said, “You can suspect that at the moment I am not in a transfer mode. We’ll deal with the transfers after the FA Cup final. It’s all suspicions. Does anybody know if that’s true or not? I don’t know.”
Well if you don´t know Arsene then you need to have a word with your back room staff.
On Vidal he said, “If I tell you I like him, you will announce the transfer just after that. If you want me to say I like Arturo Vidal, yes I like Arturo Vidal. Are we in a transfer mode? I say, no.”
Has that convinced you Gooners? No me neither, so should we get ready to welcome these two to the Arsenal squad?