Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at criticism that the club have not been working hard enough in the transfer market by saying that Arsenal is working 24 hours a day to sign someone.
“We are there to spend money. People say: ‘Buy players, buy players, buy players … ‘ But who? We analyze every single player in the world and work 24 hours a day for that. We are serious about it. Until we buy players we have to win football games.
“I’m not here to say who is right or wrong. I am here to make people happy who love this club. We couldn’t go out at five to three and buy six players. We were on the market before the game and exactly the same after the game.”
While Wenger appears genuinely defensive, actions speak louder than words. The truth is that Arsenal have spent less money on transfers this summer than any club in the Premier League. If Arsenal are working 24 hours a day to sign a player, then they’re obviously doing something wrong because it’s not working. Who or what is the obstacle that’s preventing them from signing top class players while all of the other sides in the Premier League have already finished most of their transfer purchases?
And by Wenger asking the rhetorical question about who Arsenal should buy, the issue there is that they’ve missed so many opportunities to sign quality players this summer that the number of choices available are far fewer than earlier in the window.
Arsenal are in serious trouble of the club having a meltdown. The supporters are angry, and they have every right to be upset especially when Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said that Arsenal would have a £70million transfer kitty this summer. Yet they’ve spent £0 and have let 17 players leave the club.
It’s time for less talk and more action from Arsene Wenger.
Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:
- Arsène Wenger: Arsenal are working 24 hours a day to sign players — The Guardian
- Luis Suarez situation at Liverpool has been resolved — Reuters
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain three-month injury lay-off feared by the club — The Mirror
- Arsenal will have only 11 1st team players available for Fulham next week, including 2 keepers — 101GG
- Everton makes loan move for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry — FOX Soccer
- New EPL TV contract; Sportsnet 360 usher in new era for Canadian soccer viewers — A Rouge Point
- Fantasy nostalgia: League ladders 1913-14 — The Football Attic
- Fox Sports 1 online video offering is delayed indefinitely — Deadspin
- FAQ: Fox Sports 1 and Speed in Canada — A Rouge Point
- Mark Hughes admits he thought Stoke stunk before he took over as manager — Pro Soccer Talk
- Leighton Baines is the Premier League role model for transfer window — The Guardian
- Arsenal are a club stuck in a loop of misery — Just Football
- Jose Mourinho says he’ll quit Chelsea if he doesn’t win trophies — 101GG
- In the Premier League, the beautiful game is turning ugly — The Observer
- Football supporters unite against ‘legalised touting’ website — The Independent
- Winter 2022 World Cup in Qatar facing rebellion from Europe’s biggest clubs — The Mirror
- England manager Roy Hodgson hits back at Stuart Pearce — The Telegraph
- Hannover makes own goal history against Borussia Mönchengladbach — Bundesliga Fanatic
- Bayern Munich continue perfect league start under Pep Guardiola — BBC Sport
- League 2 manager James Beattie pays club’s tax bill — FOX Soccer
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