Arsene Wenger spoke about his plans for the rest of the transfer window and reiterated his desire to only sign players who would strengthen the team. Arsenal have signed four players to far this window but enter the new season with only two fit centre backs (via Arsenal.com).
The Boss was speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against Liverpool – a match which Arsenal go into without three first choice central defenders. The Gunners have signed Rob Holding from Bolton but the 20 year-old is anything but experienced.
Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are injured and The Boss also said that Laurent Koscielny “is not ready” following his exploits with France at Euro 2016. Wenger also spoke about transfers and what he is looking for with just a few weeks left of the window.
“There’s no specific area we need.” Arsene told the conference. “It will depend on the quality we find. If we find somebody who strengthens our team in any position, who gives us superior quality, we’ll do it.”
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi but Wenger seemed coy about the deal. When asked if there was anything to tell on that front, the manager replied “No, I cannot tell you.”
The Boss reiterated his focus on the Liverpool match. “We play a very important game in 48 hours. Transfers will not help us now to do well in this game because we have a strong squad…I believe we are equipped to do well and I’m confident we can do well. Transfer-wise, as soon as we do something, we will inform you.”
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It’s hardly the news Gunners fans were hoping for but it is anything but surprising. Wenger was never going to declare interest in a target at a pre-match press conference and is probably right to say that the club’s focus should be on Sunday’s match.