Here we go again Gooners. It’s that time of year when Arsenal fans get their hopes up about big-name signings like David Villa, only for Arsene Wenger to tell us our returning injured players are our ‘new signings’.
After our worst league start under the Frenchman, many had hoped we would finally open the purse strings and spend some of the reported £70 million that’s sitting in the bank. The media have teased us with names such as David Villa, Yann M’Vila, Adrian Lopez, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Lucas Biglia and even Iker Casillias just some of the players linked with moves to the Emirates in recent weeks.
However, the boss has dampened the mood by claiming his priority this month is to get players like Theo Walcott signed up to new contracts and to get injured players such as Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby fit again.
Speaking to Arsenal.com today, the boss said:
“I have always said we have two targets – to get our players signed up and to get our injuries back,” Wenger said.
“We now have Rosicky and Diaby available again. If you look at our squad, it’s quite complete.”
Typical. Arsene is basically setting us up to say on February 1st, “We couldn’t find that top, top, top player we were looking for but we have Theo signed on a new contract and Diaby back as well from injury, so they are like two new signings”.
While it’s important to get Walcott signed up and it’s rightly a priority, it should have been done months ago. With regards to injuries, they happen in football. EVERY team gets injuries and it’s rare you’ll ever have a fully-fit squad, so getting injured players back should never be regarded as ‘new signings’.
The boss went on to say he is still looking on the market for ‘exceptional’ players but hasn’t been able to find any so far, before claiming that every problem can’t be solved by spending money:
“But we still work in the transfer market as well.
“We do not want to bring in average players. We only want to bring in an exceptional player. At the moment we have not found him.
“You are always under pressure to buy in England and every problem has to be sorted out by buying people.
“You have other ways to sort out problems inside a club like getting your injured players back, getting everybody focused and motivated. It’s not only in buying players that you sort out problems.”
Hmmmm. Not sure about this Arsene. Even with a fully-fit squad, the team still isn’t good enough in my opinion so new signings ARE imperative and the ONLY way to improve this current squad.
Wenger was also quizzed about whether we can still compete in the market, to which he replied that we can afford 90% of the players out there but we obviously can’t buy the Messi’s of this world:
“I can tell you something, we have no problem with people wanting to join us,” he said.
“I would like to give you my phone for 24 hours and you would see that!
“The second thing; can we afford them? Most of them, yes. A few of them, no. Can you afford Messi today? Certainly not. But we can afford 90 per cent of them.”
So from the 90% of the professional footballers on the planet we can afford, you can’t find 1 who could improve the Arsenal squad? BS.
Call me an optimist, but I’m still confident we’ll bring in a couple of players before the window shuts because I can’t let myself believe the club will make the mistake they made last January by not strengthening. A striker and defensive midfielder is the minimum requirement Arsene, with 6 games in 18 days coming up, now would be a good time to pick up the phone and get some deals done!
Do you think Arsene will buy this month? If so, who would you like to see come in?