Arsene Wenger produced an interesting quote when speaking ahead of the second leg of Arsenal's Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce.
The Gunners manager was responding to more questions regarding his failure to make a significant signing so far in the transfer window - a question he has been asked on numerous occasions and one asked by the majority of the Emirates Stadium faithful at one time or another.
“I'm guided by my conscience to do as well as I can for this club and by the vision of the game I want to play," said the Frenchman.
“I feel with the players I have I can play the football we want to play. I'm a great admirer of the spirit, the attitude of these players.They are special and if I want to add something it has to be special.”
It is a noble and admirable statement, but one that just can't be backed up with any evidence in the context of this summer. In fact, you could even argue that Wenger's actions have contradicted the sentiment he was trying to put across with his words.
This is not a suggestion that he actually does not have the club's best interests at heart, but his judgement is certainly in question.
Aston Villa's win at the Emirates on the opening day of the Premier League season was just about the worst thing that could have happened and it came with the a summer of inertia as its backdrop - well inertia in terms of bringing players in, as a whole load of dross have been shipped out.
The players did remarkably well to go that incredible run at the end of last season to secure an unlikely fourth place, so to go into the next season without having added any further quality is a betrayal of the resilience they showed in those ten games.
With such significant sums of cash in the bank, failing to capitalise on the summer by getting at least two star names in is not doing what is best for Arsenal. Fine, the transfer window doesn't close until Monday, but any signings Wenger makes before then would have missed out on a pre-season in with their (his?) new teammates.
A new arrival will have to bed into new surroundings with the season going full-flow and no time for acclimatisation. It was plain to see from the atrocious start to last season that a title challenge is beyond Arsenal with the current squad, but the finish to the season proved there is something to be built on.
Wenger has time left in the transfer window to try and augment his group of players with the top, top, top quality he so comically claims he is looking for. Whether he does this or not, Wenger has already missed to opportunity to do the best by Arsenal.
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