Arsenal were the only club in the top five European leagues to fail to buy an outfield player in the transfer window, seeming to believe Petr Cech was the sole necessary acquisition.
Some have claimed Wenger and the Arsenal owners of blowing hot air after director Lord Harris excited fans by claiming: “Apart from Messi and Ronaldo, he [Wenger] could have any player.”
However, in the wake of criticism aimed at Manchester United for the opposite approach in their signing of Anthony Martial for a potential €80 million, Wenger believes strongly in only using the finances available if it will definitely improve the team. Speaking to beIN Sports, he stated:
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“Martial scored 11 goals in the French championship. That example shows you very well. Martial is a huge talent, but he’s 19-years-old. The investment is absolutely huge as well. That shows you that there aren’t many players that would strengthen these teams.
“It’s not the money that is missing at the moment. It isn’t the desire for investment that is missing. It is the number of players that would strengthen the big clubs.”
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The Gunners boss also believes that another relaxation of the financial rules governing the running of football clubs has made it difficult to understand their purpose. He said:
“If you asked me today what was the real significance of financial fair play, I could not give you the answer. It is too complicated to be efficient and too complicated for everybody to understand the rules. They need to simplify the whole process.”
When asked if he feared that Arsenal may fall victim to the rules inadvertently, he stated:
“No, well run clubs should be normality and every club should use the resources they produce. A big club should be one with a big fan base and works the best in its decisions.”
It remains to be seen whether Wenger will be proved right in his transfer policy as it was reported striker Danny Welbeck is expected to be out for months following knee surgery. That leaves Oliver Giroud left as the only out-and-out senior striker in the squad.
It looks likely inexperienced striker Joel Campbell will need to step-up this season if anything happens to Giroud before the next transfer deadline in January.
What do you think? Will Arsenal live to regret their transfer policy? Or do you agree that clubs should be more astute with their cash?