Why doesn’t Arsene Wenger like spending money?
Last summer, he failed to sign a single outfield player - something that cost his side as they could only finish second in the Premier League.
This summer would be different, right?
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With Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho splashing the cash for Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, Wenger needed to follow suit to compete with his Premier League rivals.
The Gunners haven’t won the title since 2004 and, if Wenger wants to challenge this season, he knew he had to spend big in the transfer window.
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The French manager started brightly, capturing the services of Granit Xhaka for £30 million but, since then, it’s gone a bit downhill.
Rob Holding has arrived from Bolton while they have also signed Japan striker Takuma Asano - it doesn’t really compare to Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, does it?
But Wenger has finally revealed why he doesn’t like spending money - and it’s pretty strange. He claims he treats the club’s money like it’s his own and, therefore, is reluctant to hand over the cash.
Wenger on spending money
“You make big decisions and I believe you have to act like it’s your own money — like you’re the owner of the club and you can identify completely with the club, because if you don’t do that I think you cannot go far,” he admitted in a new book - Game Changers: Inside English Football, written by former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley, per the Mirror.
Wenger’s comments are likely to anger Arsenal fans even further.
They were furious during their opening Premier League fixture against Liverpool after they lost 4-3. And things didn’t improve too much after their 0-0 draw with champions Leicester last weekend.
Wenger is just one month away from making it 20 years at the north London club and there’s belief that this could be his final campaign with his contract set to expire next year. You’d think that he would be wanting to go out on a high and spend plenty of money to achieve Premier League glory.
However, after being linked with a number of high-profile players including Riyad Mahrez, Alexandre Lacazette and Julian Draxler, it appears Wenger is running out of options with just one week remaining until the transfer window slams shut.
Maybe he needs a reminder that he’s not actually spending his own money and that the club, who achieve Champions League qualification year after year, can afford to make a few big money signings each summer.