Arsenal manager Wenger rues over “bad luck” in the transfer market
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lamented about “bad luck” spoiling his transfer business this summer. The Frenchman believes he stepped into the market early enough to have concluded transfer business well before the end of the transfer window, but failure to conclude signings has caused Arsenal to remain active this late.
Wenger has laid bids on a couple of high-profile players this summer such as; Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema. However, the Emirates boss hasn’t been able to complete any of these signings. As matter of fact, Arsenal’s squad remains the same as last season except for one small change.
A new wave of rancorous criticism is travelling towards Wenger is he fails to land Benzema, his latest transfer target. Chances are Wenger will have to face the music from the Arsenal board and the club’s fans for failing to acquire the signature of another big player.
In spite of recording a couple of impressive results in recent weeks, Wenger believes he should let everyone inform about the difficulties he has faced this summer. The Frenchman assured his fans that he will have the squad ready for the challenges ahead before the summer transfer window expires on September 2.
“You would be surprised how early we acted [to get players in],” Wenger said. “In our job sometimes, you can spend a lot of time, you don’t go on holiday, work on things, and it doesn’t come off.
“This is part of the job. A question of patience, of continuing to be completely focused and sometimes nothing happens in five or six weeks. Then sometimes in 24 hours you can do two or three good deals, it’s not predictable.
“I am confident we will make signings because the desire of the players to join us is clear. Also the fact that we have some funds available, even if not as much as everyone writes. We have the funds to do something.
“The win in Fenerbahce helps. Everybody says to us, are we happy with Champions League football? Yes we are, of course but we want more. But let me tell you the first question a player asks when they sign; he asks: ‘do you play Champions League football?’ This is how it is decided today. It is the first requirement of top, top-level players.”
Wenger also informed that Arsenal were on the cusp of signing former Arsenal player Mathieu Flamini. The midfielder is training currently training with Arsenal since his contract with AC Milan has expired.