After only a solitary point against Leicester City, fans have grown frustrated over Wenger’s reluctancy to spend big in the market. The lack of goals has pushed fans to question the Frenchman’s spending tactics and demand a new striker.
The Gunners have seen only two new additions to the squad, namely Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding, both of whom featured against the Foxes on Saturday. The Gunners are reportedly close to signing Valencia’s central defender Shkodran Mustafi for £25 million before the transfer window closes.
Speaking after the match against Leicester, Wenger insisted he isn’t hesitant to spend big. “If we find the right player we will not be reluctant to spend big,” he said, as reported by BBC.
“If I just bought someone for £45m will I have done well? I do not understand why people say I am reluctant.
“Spending the money itself is not a quality. Spending it to buy they right, top-quality player is the quality.”
The 66-year-old spent £35 million to bring Granit Xhaka to the North London club and £2 million on Rob Holding. He is firm on his belief that spending big doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality players.
“I will spend £300m if I find the right player, and we have £300m,” he added.
“But we also have 600 employees and we need to have a responsible attitude as well.
“I’m a bit fed up saying the same thing when people say we do not want to spend. We analyse everything then make the right signings.
“Nobody is speaking about the performance of Rob Holding. You should be happy because he’s English, 20 years old – but I’m sorry he didn’t cost £55m, so he can’t be good.”
The Gunners welcomed back Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud to action over the weekend, but while this was a pleasant sight for the fans, pressure over Wenger will not ease until fans have the chance to welcome a decent center forward to the team.