Arsene Wenger is getting ready for a very busy July and August, with the Arsenal manager telling a French TV station he can sense that the big clubs are not publicly discussing their big transfer targets yet.
“Everyone’s waiting for others to make the first move,” Wenger said, in French, to Alsace TV.
“Everyone's keeping their cards close to the chest, hoping for the super signing.”
Wenger’s comments are reiterated by the Barclays Premier League clubs' actions so far this summer, with Manchester United the only stand-out side to make some big signings during June.
Liverpool have also signed Jordan Henderson, but other than Brad Freidel for Tottenham and Carl Jenkinson for Arsenal, clubs have been relatively quiet on the transfer front. Until Sunderland splashed the cash on Connor Wickham yesterday, that is.
Wenger says that over the next couple of months, clubs will move into panic mode and then the big transfer dollars will start to change hands for clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City.
“The market will be more agitated late July, early August, when clubs start to see what they lack and they will start to panic,” Wenger said.
Transfer talk at Arsenal has been rife over the last few weeks, and with the Gunners desperate to end their six-season-long trophy-less run, numerous targets have come into the mix.
Currently Blackburn star Chris Samba has claimed he is discussing a deal with Arsenal, as has QPR midfielder Adel Tarrabt. Gervinho has also reportedly had a medical with Arsenal, though no announcement has been made yet of a deal.
Meanwhile, putting to rest any speculation of an exit from Arsenal, Wenger insisted he is happy with the London club and plans to see out his contract. “I’m very happy. One sign of intelligence in life is to not always want what you don’t have. Appreciate what you have,” Wenger said.
“I work in conditions every coach dreams of. I’ll be eternally grateful to my club because I work with the philosophy and freedom I like."
In a hint that some transfer deals are taking place at the Emirates, Wenger revealed he’s waiting for the start of next season with great anticipation. “I'm looking forward to getting back. I'm very focused on future objectives and I'm very active on my telephone.”
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