Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hit out at suggestions that does not want to spend any cash, maintaining he would splash £30-40 million if he could find the right player.
Wenger hasn’t spent much money in a transfer window that was promised to be a busy one, with several first team players already out and some on the way out. Elsewhere, other title rivals have lost no star players to other clubs, and have strengthened as required, making money no object in the process. Wenger has reiterated that this is the case for the Gunners too, but it seems his faith in youth and players that have so much ‘promise’ is blinding him and holding Arsenal back.
Wenger stresses that he would spend as much as he needs to get his man:
“I will pay £30 million I will even pay £40 million if I find the right players,” he told Sky Sports News. “But it’s not a question of money, it’s a question of quality we find. I think I have a wrong reputation of not wanting to spend money – I do not want to spend money for average players.
”We are not frightened to spend money when we think it’s right. Our fans have more reasons to be proud of this club – the values here, the way the club is run, what the club is built (upon) – than being angry with the club.
“Of course we want to deliver trophies, of course we want to win trophies, who wouldn’t want (that)? But we feel we were very close last year and my regret of course is that we didn’t do it but we are battling on all fronts and a bit unlucky on all fronts I think.”
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Time and time again we hear that Wenger will only add players with ‘super quality’ that will add to the team. Don’t get me wrong, Koscielny is a decent centre back, but has Gary Cahill not already proven that he is both ‘super quality’ and I’m sure many will agree he is the right player to improve our backline and provide proper competition for even Vermaelen for a starting spot? Also elsewhere we are lacking competition for Ramsey’s attacking midfielder role which has been left vacant after the departure of Fabregas and the seemingly imminent loss of Nasri. We clearly need another attacking, versatile midfielder. Common Wenger, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata are perfect and can come at a price under £30m