Arsenal brought in two very good players in Alexandre Lacazette and Saed Kolasinac, but according to the rumours every other player we have tried to buy has been overpriced by the selling club, including Thomas Lemar and Sayed Mahrez. According to Arsene Wenger that added “English tax” is just too much for the Gunners to pay, but he appears to be happy with the two that we did get.
“I am very pleased with our market because we bought good players who can integrate with our style of play, that’s what we want,” Wenger said.
“On the other hand, it is very difficult.
“Today, the prices are out of proportion. The transfer market has become very demanding today.
“There is no transfer market anymore because the price depends only on the identity of the buyer.
““When you are English, you have straight away 50 per cent [extra] on the price of a player and that makes it difficult to act.”
It is certain that inflation from the TV money (and added oil money) has made the market for the best players very difficult,
and from his words it sounds like Wenger is simply not willing to pay the increased figures and will not be buying anyone else in this window despite our current nett spend only coming in at about 25m so far, and we will probably recoup a bit more of that once we get rid of some deadwood.
Arsenal have started getting some of their unwanted squad members, but Wenger still thinks he has lots of players to dispose of, and he thinks that many other teams are in the same position. “I expect to sell players first. I expect players to go because we have too many players,” Wenger said last week.
“It’s not manageable and many clubs are in this situation.”
So it is going to be very hard to get rid of the deadwood? And even harder to bring in replacements?
I think we can assume that our window is over lads.