Once again Arsene Wenger has been forced to defend his actions during the summer transfer window, which saw Arsenal sign just one new player to boost the first team squad and supposedly get the Gunners ready for a long hard season. The Frenchman was grilled again by the football press today as he gave his pre-match press conference ahead of the weekend Premier League clash with Stoke City.
Arsenal fans were clearly expecting the manager to do a lot more in order to give us the best possible chance of reclaiming the Premier League title, but Wenger is sticking to his story about the lack of players available that would actually make the squad or the first team better, as reported by The Mirror.
He said, “We were ready to do something, but you have to be convinced that it’s not just to please people, that it’s an efficient solution. And the efficient solution didn’t turn up. As well you have to be brave enough to say no.”
To be fair to the prof, I do understand the situation and it is clear that there was a serious shortage of quality players as well as a serious over-pricing of those that were available. Having said that, Wenger needs to realise that Arsenal fans have good reasons to be angry, as we are forced into paying ridiculous amounts of money for the priveledge of watching our team play and we do not have any options.
Apart from saying no, of course, but that means we do not get a ticket for the game or the new shirt. We pay those prices with more hope than expectation most of the time, but is it not fair for us to want our club to do the same with players?
Wouldn´t it be nice if, once in a while, Arsenal fans could feel that the club was on our side rather than simply using as as a cash cow? And would it really have killed Wenger to spend some money on a player that might have helped us to achieve the goal we all want to achieve?