Arsene Wenger asks Arsenal fans to show more patience – is it finally enough?
European action is starting to look like a distant dream as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims there are no decent players available in the football market this January. According to the Frenchman there is no point in making big signings this fall because there are no players who could further improve his squad.
Arsene Wenger must be oblivious to the nature of his progress in the Premier League as his team lies sixth on the table with a match in hand. Moreover, the Arsenal are 21 points behind the Premier League leaders Manchester United.
“It has become more difficult for one simple reason: We have a good squad. I know we swim against the stream a bit because people don't believe that. I say we have a very good squad,” Arsene Wenger said.
After spending a fortune over new signings last summer, Arsene Wenger has been under the gun for lack lustrous performances from his players. The 63-year-old gaffer, who has been at Arsenal 1996, has gone out on a limb to protect his squad.
A devastating defeat to Manchester City on Sunday destroyed Arsenal’s chances to make easy return to the top-four position on the table. The defeat was a waking call for many Gunners, yet Arsene Wenger remains unchanged. The Arsenal board is fed-up with the stagnant improvement at the London club and Arsenal fans are tired of waiting for Arsenal’s first trophy in seven seasons.
As rising ticket prices and search for Arsenal’s elusive silverware continues to cause distress for Gunners, many have broken their faith to criticize Arsene Wenger over his policies and sent out plea for a change of philosophy.
“We have some improvements to make and we know exactly where. In January it is difficult to find the players that are really better and can give something special to the squad,” said Arsene Wenger, who claims he is sitting on a treasure chest of transfer money.
“The number is right. We have a good balance. We are working very hard to find what we want. We are working very hard. First of all we want to sort out the injuries we have, and we are trying very hard to close the deal with (Theo) Walcott. Once we have done that, we will certainly do something else. At the moment I cannot tell you more.”
Just a week ago rife rumors suggested Pep Guardiola was due to become the new manager of Arsenal, but since he has surprised the football community by opting to join Bayern Munich this July it appears as if Arsene Wenger will have another shot with Arsenal next season.