Arsenal have only signed Yaya Sanogo so far who joined the club from Auxerre earlier in the summer. The Gunners reportedly have a £70 m kitty for transfers, but the club are yet to secure any big-name targets, including the likes of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
But Wenger is remaining upbeat about the chances of bringing in some quality acquisitions. Speaking to Arsenal official website, he said :
We are active. We are in a situation like Manchester United, like Chelsea, where everybody expects signings and at the moment not a lot has happened.
There are 18 days to go, so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active.
I cannot certify what the number [of players coming in will be] but we will be active until the end, that is for sure.
Wenger explained the £8 million exit of Gervinho to Roma by saying the Ivory Coast forward had been undermined by some sections of the Arsenal support. He said :
I made that decision [to sell Gervinho] because he looked to play with a lack of confidence, especially at the Emirates.
He is a very creative player, an instinctive dribbler and for that you need a lot of confidence to be completely efficient. I felt that in the last six months it was very difficult for him to express his talent in a confident way.
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Then you sit there and think, ‘Do I bring him back or does he need a new challenge to get that confidence back?’ and I did not want to stop him from getting a new chance.
Arsenal have failed to land Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain earlier in the summer and are continuing to pursue want away Liverpool striker Luis Suarez although Liverpool remain firm that they won’t sell him.
Although Wenger may not have succeeded in strengthening the squad but he offloaded some of the fringe players who fans felt were not Arsenal quality, with the exits of Gervinho,Squillaci,Santos and Marouane Chamakh.
Last season we only just scraped into the Champions League places ahead of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur by only just one point but Tottenham have since strengthened their team and if Arsenal don’t move quick we might well see them outside the Champions League spot next season.
It should be seen whether Wenger will keep his word and brings in new players or not, but it looks highly unlikely that we will sign somebody before the start of the season when Arsenal host Aston Villa on Saturday.
What do you say Gooners?