What what what did I just read? Either Arsene Wenger has been leading on Arsenal fans all summer, or he is just deflecting the media’s attention while he carries on his search for a top striker?
But the fact is that Le Prof has dropped a bombshell ahead of this weekends game against Liverpool. Let me just give you his quote: “I don’t count in numbers as the squad is too big.
“I am looking at no other areas apart from centre back, it’s about quality.”
So it looks like Mustafi is going to be our only other signing, and that was only forced upon him by the injury to Per Mertesacker! So how is that transfer progressing? Wenger was asked about that too, and he simply replied: “I cannot tell you.”
So, here we go again. We will have Giroud and Walcott as our main strikers, and it looks like Akpom will be staying as the extra cover while Danny Welbeck is out injured all season.
How does Wenger justify this stance? He went on to say: “We have stability. We have finished second last season and we all have the desire to improve as a team and we know we have to jump forward and
continue to improve.
“Pre-season was encouraging but now we go for points and want to transfer our confidence from pre-season into the Premier League season.”
We have stability. Oh that’s good. But we also need a better more consistent striker than Giroud or we are going to be also-rans once again. Unless Walcott suddenly becomes a genius centre-forward (yeah right) after pleading to be put back on the wing. Or Akpom will suddenly come of age and start banging them in.
This is going to really annoy Arsenal fans ahead of the Liverpool game, and Wenger must surely know that? There are only two weeks left of the transfer window, but one thing caught my eye today in an interview with the Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who was talking about the possibility of losing Lukaku. He finished by saying he will “will do business for three or four more players”.
All our rivals are showing real intent in the transfer market – except Arsenal!