Arsene Wenger has been under strong scrutiny from the fans over a lack of transfers over the summer. Now the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia and Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna is expected to appease the fans.
A goalless draw against Leicester last weekend, and earning only a single point from the first two games of the season, Wenger finally decided to become active in the transfer market. However, his decision to accept a higher bid than the initial £21 million for Mustafi suggests that Wenger is in fact desperate to bring reinforcements in now.
According to Express, Wenger has defended his last-minute shopping spree. He said, “Look at my face. Am I the face of somebody who does a panic buy?
“I am happy when our supporters are happy but my focus is on strengthening the squad in the right way. If you look at the last season for example, it is not necessarily the club who bought the most that is in front.
“It is my job to make the right decisions for the team and the club. At the end of the season you will see if I made it.”
Lucas Perez was initially not at the right level for Wenger until last week when all his attempts to add a forward to the squad failed. Perez will now make a move for £17 million and had his medical on Friday.
Speaking about the striker, the Frenchman said: “Perez is a late developer, he played in a different position. He moved centrally in a successful way.
“He has good link up qualities, good quality of receptions, good finishing qualities.
He further commented on Mustafi who also had his medical yesterday. He added, “Mustafi was Valencia’s captain. If we get it done we get what we wanted.”
Arsenal travel to Watford for their third game of the Premier league season. The Gunners will aim to gain full three points as they cannot afford to drop off the pace after failing to register a win so far.