The transfer window is only open until next Wednesday at 11pm, and although it looks like Arsenal have done all their business once the Mustafi and Perez deals get finalized, Wenger is still expecting a very busy few days after Arsenal have beaten Watford by five goals (!) tomorrow afternoon.
Le Prof said this morning: “It was a strange transfer market. I expected it to be easier than ever but it was more difficult than ever. Not a lot has happened. It looks like when you meet other clubs and you have an English passport, you hit these [big] prices which are very difficult to understand compared to the quality of the players. It looks like it will be frenetic for me in the last three days. Everybody has sat on their pounds until now. We know they will all splash out now. I expect the next three days to be very, very busy, so be on alert!”
But Wenger insists the transfers won’t let the team be distracted from the game at Watford: “Not for me, not for us.” he continued. “We know the priority is to get results and to win your next game. We have shot ourselves in the foot so we have to respond very quickly. When you look at the other teams, they’re making points.”
Did Wenger just admit that he made a pig’s ear of the transfer window? Has he just realised that the first two games were quite tough fixtures to go into without a recognised striker?
He also inisted that he didn’t buy Perez and Mustafi just to appease the fans, but he’s glad they are happy about it (well some of us anyway lol!) “I’m happy when our supporters are happy. My job is to make the right decisions, if that is exactly similar to the contract of the players and that maintains the supporters being happy – that is even better. I focus first on making the right decisions for the club.
Wenger was then asked if these two deals meant that he wouldn’t be buying any more players, and he started off with his favourite joke: “It is a shame you are not my friend. You will see I spend a lot of money…… We already have a big squad, and we are already short on the numbers now. We have a requested number, and we can’t have any more players any way.”
I must admit I thought that Wenger would have been trying to sell a few players to fund his massive spend this summer, but he was cagey about the possibility: “I don’t think so.” he concluded. “With Joel Campbell going out, Calum Chambers maybe will go on loan somewhere. It will be alright.”
At least there won’t be any chance of the travelling Arsenal fans chanting “Spend the XXXXXXXXX money!” tomorrow……