With the club in Asia right now for their preseason tour, there isn’t much to report on, since the players are preparing for their first game tomorrow. Gazidis is also in Asia for some reason, even though he should be on the phone with players agents trying to sign some top class players.
Wenger was asked several questions at an interview yesterday over many things: finances, his future, and transfer targets. When asked about Suarez, Higuain, and Rooney, here was his response.
They are all realistic targets quality wise, but not all of them are available to join us. First of all, those players are under contract and it is the club who decide if they can go and, if they go, if they can join us.
We have better financial resources than the years before and it is resources we have created ourselves. That is massively important to us.
For years we were out of the race for the top-level transfers but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation and also because of Financial Fair Play. That will give everybody a bit more even ground.
We must also rely on the quality of our work, on the style of our play and the fact we develop our own players. We will only use financial resources to bring in one or two players who will give us something more.
We will see what we can do until the end of the transfer period and certainly before the new season starts. That’s what we are working on at the moment.
The fans, the players, everybody is reassured by big names. But what is important is that we don’t need numbers, we need quality. We are working very hard and I’m confident we will be able to do it.
So Wenger pretty much just admitted that we are only going to sign 1 or 2 players? I hope by that he means spend more than £35m on only one or two players, as this squad may need a few more players than that. BEsides that, everything that he says is true. We don’t want to do a City and just sign players for the heck of it. Arsenal look at players and see if their qualities are able to contribute to the squad. Wenger also puts a certain value on players, and is reluctant to spend anything above that amount. Out of the three mentioned, (Suarez, Higuain, and Rooney), the player that I feel has the best chance of coming still is Higuain. However, I don’t think he is first choice. I believe that Suarez is. Arsenal have resources, so a fee with Real Madrid isn’t that big of an issue. The bigger issue is whether or not they want to spend so much on a player when they may be able to get someone with higher quality. That’s why we haven’t signed anybody yet. Still, it’s good to be linked with top players and know that we can sign them.
Also, Wenger is ready to put pen to paper on a new deal to extend his contract with the club.
“I am committed to staying longer at this club. I’ve already had a chat with Ivan. It went very well, not a problem,” Wenger said.
“The link with PSG is there because I’m French and I know the owners. But if that was the case then I would be there already. I’m not at PSG because my heart is with Arsenal.”
It’s good to know that the manager cares so much for the club. Wenger is a man I’ve always had mixed emotions with (especially after Bradford and Swansea last season). However, you have to look at his positives and they certainly out weigh his negatives. First off, he managed to take us into the Champions Leauge again when Tottenham were so far ahead of us in March. Nobody thought that we had a chance but yet we still did it. Secondly, what other manager has been able to sign so many young players and turn them into world class players? He doesn’t spend much money and therefore we are one of the most financially stable clubs in the world. At times it seems like he doesn’t know what he is doing and his ambitions aren’t strong enough, but I still say that he hasn’t had a lot to go with as the board just wants to pocket money. He seems to be what runs the club, even though the manager shouldn’t be the number one person at a club; you have to have a strong board in order to accomplish goals. Next season will be a big one for him, so I think that giving him a long term contract won’t be an ideal situation. Still, I think he is the right person for the job for the time being.
Have a good rest of your day.