Arsene Wenger has given an insight into his transfer policy, revealing he spends the club’s money as if it were his own. The Boss was speaking in a book written by former West Ham United and Charlton manager Alan Curbishley (via The Express).
A lot has been made over Arsene Wenger’s approach to transfers. He’s often seen as tight, refusing to spend money when compared to his rivals who let the cash run freely. Wenger has only spent more than £20 million on three players during his time at Arsenal whereas both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have both done that this summer alone.
“I personally believe the only way to be a manager is to spend the club’s money as if it were your own,” Wenger revealed in Curbishley’s book entitled Game Changers: Inside English Football. “If you don’t do that you’re susceptible to too many mistakes.”
“You make big decisions and I believe you have to act like it’s your own money – like you’re the owner of the club and you can identify completely with the club, because if you don’t do that I think you cannot go far.”
It’s a nice thought but unfair of Wenger to suggest that a manager cannot go far without spending a club’s money as if it were his own. Both Guardiola and Mourinho have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on players and are two of the most successful managers in the history of the sport.
Wenger has brought in just one senior player this summer in Granit Xhaka and as exciting as Rob Holding has been, it is unfair to expect the 18-year-old to keep this form up for an entire season. These comments will only further infuriate Arsenal fans who have watched their team pick up 1 point from a possible 6 this season. Meanwhile United and City are top of the table with big money signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Nolito, and John Stones are shining.