Arsenal emerge as contenders for Radamel Falcao’s signature
Arsene Wenger has been living under the gun since spending a fortune in the transfer market last summer. The Arsenal manager’s summer signings have been unable to help the club end its silverware drought, which entered its seventh year this season.
In spite of being heavily criticized for Arsenal’s lack of form and inconsistent performances by his signings, Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can compete for Europe’s best forwards; and by that he means Atletico Madrid’s coveted striker Radamel Falcao.
After being knocked out of the FA Cup and on the brink of an embarrassing exit at the hands of Bayern Munich in Champions League, Arsene Wenger has shown a lot of courage to suggest Arsenal could make yet another splash in the transfer market this year.
Arsenal currently sits fifth, two points away from Chelsea, in the English Premier League. There is a strong possibility Arsenal won’t be able to make it to the Champions League this season, in which case Arsene Wenger will be asked to clear out his desk.
A 2-0 victory against Aston Villa last weekend has brought some solace to a wounded Arsenal side, but the supporters are still far from happy. Arsenal needs a genuine goalscorer in their squad, which is why Radamel Falcao could be a good signing for them.
However, signing in Radamel Falcao means Arsenal will have to spend over £40 million in transfer fees and pay a weekly salary of at least £150,000 to the Colombian striker.
“We can do it,” Arsene Wenger declared with confidence over signing Radamel Falcao. “If we find a player of top, top quality we will take him. We are in a stronger situation where we can spend some money. I’m not reluctant to do so. First of all, we only had money recently," admitted Wenger.
“We went out to spend money at Christmas but we didn’t find the players. Financially, we can live without the Champions League.”
Arsenal is in battle to steal a Champions League spot from derby rival Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur. Arsene Wenger believes confirming Champions League action would help confirm Arsenal’s bid for Radamel Falcao. The Frenchman also rejected speculation that world class players are incapable of performing at their best at Arsenal.