Arsenal legend Martin Keown has questioned the ambition at our club after Arsene Wenger decided against signing an outfield player in the transfer window, ESPN reports.
Keown, who has been a staunch defender of Wenger in the past, couldn’t quite explain the hesitancy in bringing in an outfield player with the finances of the stadium now benefiting the club.
Wenger, in an interview with Keown in March, told our former defender that the financial shackles were off and we were now able to fight for the biggest players once again (via BBC Sport).
Keown, therefore, cannot understand why a striker hasn’t been brought considering our start to the season.
Arsenal transfer rumours
“I feel it’s a missed opportunity — because the Premier League, without Manchester City there, is almost there for the taking,” Keown was quoted as saying.
- Ex-caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg reveals why he had to leave Arsenal
- [Player ratings] Leeds 0-0 Arsenal – Moment of madness in hard-fought draw
- [Team news] Arsenal line up v Leeds – Major blow as key players out
“There’s a frustration now because they had to lower their expectations because of the expenditure on the stadium — now there’s no excuse in those terms.
“But the top players don’t seem to be available, or Arsenal don’t want to spend those fees on those players.”
Everyone connected to the club seems to be repeating the same rhetoric: why when we’re so close to having the squad capable of challenging for the league, did we do nothing?
Petr Cech’s signing was magnificent, but if Wenger thinks that a goalkeeper was the only difference between us and the champions last term, then we may be in trouble.