Personally I thought he would have been value for money at with a value reported to be £3m and Wenger’s typical kind of purchase, although there was speculation around his wage demands which are thought to be around £90,000 pounds a week.
The Frenchman has also dismissed talks over the sale of out-of-form striker Marouane Chamakh and virtually confirmed that Andrey Arshavin will also stay until the end of the season at least.
Both Chamakh and Arshavin have been out of sorts this season with many Arsenal fans calling for Chamakh to be let go and Arshavin to at least up his game and work-rate or face the same fate.
Wenger said on Arshavin:
He has always been a player who plays on the borderline, if you look at the game against QPR. He is a big gambler, and at the end of the day he gave the ball to Robin van Persie to score in that game. So he is always efficient.
If you look at his numbers you are always surprised at how good he is. Sometimes the visual impression you get from a game has been frustrating, but he is very efficient. We can all have a big responsibility but we need confidence for what we do.
- Arsenal must outmanoeuvre Galatasaray to win race for £2m ‘bargain’ transfer
- Arsenal reportedly set to sign free agent after impressive trial
- Arsenal have ‘concrete interest’ in signing Bayern Munich II star
We know he has the talent. He’s been questioned many times but his attitude has always been spot on.
In the last game, specifically, he showed that he needs to play and needs confidence. He needs to play with confidence and freedom, that is his strength. He is a creative player and you need that fraction of belief and confidence to play with freedom.
The manager said about Chamakh:
He is at the Africa Cup of Nations, nothing will happen there. Will he come back? Yes.