Wenger confirms Arsenal is on the verge of bringing back Mathieu Flamini
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he will have the squad ready before the transfer deadline, September 2. The Emirates boss has barely made any changes to squad heading into the new season, but the arrival of former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini will give a huge boost to his squad.
The Frenchman has blamed “bad luck” for Arsenal’s fate in the transfer market. However, Wenger is confident about assembling a competitive squad. After failing to sign in Gonzalo Higuan, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, Wenger can have solace in bringing in Flamini.
Flamini is expected to be signed this week. Wenger has revealed that the French midfielder has already started training with the team since his contract with AC Milan has expired. Nonetheless, Wenger admitted he is frustrated by the club’s progress in the transfer market this summer.
“Ideally, we would rather have the squad in place at the start of the season,” Wenger said. “I am a big fan of cancelling the window at the start of the season. One, the season has started, you should be able to focus on the quality of your play and to have everybody with the same players for the whole season. Makes sense.
“Maybe it was bad luck [that transfers didn’t happen]. We work very hard on transfers. It didn’t come off as quickly and as well as we would have wanted. In football, you have to deal with every situation and be patient. So as long as the transfer window is open, until the last minute, anything can happen on any front.
“I am very, very happy with the squad we have, the quality of the players. Numbers wise we are a bit short to cope for all the targets a club like us have. I would be worried we are not strong enough [if we signed nobody]. We will not go into the new season with only the number of players we have.”
Wenger refused to reveal whether Arsenal had made a move to make swoop for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and winger Angel Di Maria. Nonetheless, Wenger did suggest that he was eager to further develop the younger players in his squad by providing more opportunities for them to play in big games.
“You can buy world-class players, but it cannot be the basis of any club just to buy only world-class players. You have to get players who can add something to what you have done with your own players,” Wenger said.
“Look at our midfield Wednesday night [against Fenerbahce]: [Jack] Wilshere, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Theo] Walcott, [Tomas] Rosicky, [Santi] Cazorla. Out of the five, three made their debut and was educated here. Two we have bought. That is the right mixture.”