Arsene Wenger has suggested that he will smash the clubs transfer record this summer as the Gunners look to restore their status as a top European club.
Arsenal’s season looks like it will once again end in trophy less tatters..and it’s only February. It has been Wenger’s most stressful patch in his otherwise successful tenure, and the Frenchman admits he will have to look to reinforce the squad in order to bring glory back to North London.
Rumours have suggested the Frenchman has a £70 million transfer war chest at his disposal after Arsenal managed to pay off their Emirates stadium debt, something that has prevented the Gunners competing with their rivals in the market.
Now Wenger seems he is ready to restore parity and when quizzed as to whether he would consider forking out £40 million to sign a player like the highly rated Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao next summer, the Arsenal boss responded:
We can do it and if we can afford it, we will not say no. I am not reluctant to spend and if we find tomorrow a player of top, top, top quality, we will take him.
First of all, we only had money recently (after Emirates Stadium move). Secondly, in England there is a way of thinking that every problem is sorted out just by spending money but that’s not always the case. If it was like that, the same teams would win the Champions League every year.
I believe that the problem today is not the money, it’s to find the talent that strengthens your team. We went out to spend money at Christmas but we didn’t find the players.
We are not far away, even if it is difficult to convince you of that today. We have a basis of a team that is very strong and we need to strengthen the team where in the positions we feel where we are a bit weaker.
I believe in some areas of our team we can compete with anybody in the world as we are analyse all the European and English teams and in some areas of our team we are very competitive. We speak about Wilshere, Cazorla and we have a very strong technical basis, but we have to be more efficient.
The Frenchman also believes he is still the man to lead the struggling Gunners through to next season despite heated speculation he could be fired, he continued:
Of course I can take the club forward and I believe the fans are still with the club, which is very important. I work for the club and I try to keep the fans happy. If they are not happy then I am unhappy as well. That’s part of my job, not everybody is always with you, and not everybody is always against you.
I’m in a strong mood because if I am not I don’t see how my team can be. I have enough experience in my job to know you have to deal with all kind of situations and this is one that is difficult to handle, but it’s also a good opportunity to show that we have strength to deal with it.
We are fighting for a Champions League place, not against relegation and we have to take that in a positive way if we are to stay at the top. For us, the status of the club goes through the Champions League and we need some strength to get into this competition again. I think everyone realises that.