Wenger defensive over lack of transfer activity and Cabaye transfer saga
Arsene Wenger desperately needs to restore faith in his fans and squad. The Arsenal manager kicked-off his Premier League campaign with a humiliating 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa last weekend, but its lack of transfer activity that is matter of real concern for the Frenchman.
The Emirates boss defended himself against accusations of failing Arsenal in the transfer market this summer. Arsenal lost out on a number of high profile players this year. The list includes David Villa, Gonzalo Higuan, Luiz Gustavo, Roberto Soldado and last but not least Luis Suarez.
Losing Gustavo to Wolfsburg came as a real shock to Arsenal fans, but the disappointment of losing out on Suarez was probably greater. The Gunners were closely linked with a swoop for the Uruguayan hit-man since the early days of the summer, with Wenger reassuring the faithful that he was doing all in his power to bring Suarez to Arsenal.
Wenger laid out a £40,000,001 bid on the striker, which should have supposedly activated the release clause in Suarez’s contract, but clearly Arsenal had lost facts of the transfer saga. More recently, Wenger has received criticism from Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew for making an unethical attempt to lure his midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
In a recent press release, Wenger defended his approach and called upon his faithful to trust in his abilities. The 3-0 Champions League victory over Fenerbache should provide relief to the Gunners.
“There is nothing to explain [about Cabaye]. First of all, you don't know what we have done, you don't know if we did bid and you have come to a conclusion without knowing everything that has happened,” Wenger said.
“It is quite amazing that all of the people don't know and yet they always have opinions about things they don't know. I won't explain to you what happened. It is not down to me to explain to you everything I do. It is impossible.
“If we do a transfer we will announce it. We always inform you. As for the rest, you have to leave us to do our own things.”
Wenger further said that his intentions were not to hurt anyone, especially not Newcastle United. The longtime-serving Arsenal manager also said that history proved he had was successful in the transfer market and that he had managed to bring quality players to the club.
“We don't want to hurt anybody, not Newcastle, not anybody,” Wenger said. “You can't reproach us on one side for not buying and yet on the other side when we try to buy to reproach us as well. That is a bit contradictory.
“I would just like to reiterate to you that in the last 16 years we have been very successful with transfers -- if you look at the players who play tomorrow, they are top quality players, and you should never forget that.”