It’s become the standard Arsene Wenger response. If the ‘right player’ is found then yes, he will buy. Well you better hope that the right player is found this January because Arsenal’s season depends on it.
Wenger was once again quizzed ahead of today’s clash with Liverpool and insists he will not spend for the sake of it despite the obvious shortcomings at the back that have continually affected their results this season.
Many of Arsenal’s losses or draws this campaign have been as a result of a lack of continuity and experience at the back with players such as Laurent Koscielny and at times Kieran Gibbs playing through injuries due to the lack of viable options around them.
Despite an incredibly promising transfer window that saw Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck boost our attack and Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy come in to replace the departed Bacary Sagna and loaned out Carl Jenkinson, Wenger’s failure to properly cover Thomas Vermaelen’s departure has had repercussions we all predicted on September 1st.
With money readily available to spend on a centre half this winter Wenger knows he has coins to shell out but will only do so if his scouting team can find the ‘right’ player.
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I’ve said that many times, without any doubt: if we find the right player we will do [a deal].
There’s a huge difference between the perception that people have of me: I’m not scared to spend money.
It was periods where we had not the money. What I don’t like is to spend the money I haven’t got. What I fought against is to spend money that would put the future of the club in danger. Now I have money. No problem at all.
With over three months now passed since the end of the summer transfer window you can only hope Wenger’s earmarked his man or men to bring in when the New Year is upon us.
Who that is still remains to be seen. There’s been plenty of names floated about including Winston Reid of West Ham who only has six months remaining on his current deal or Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund. But the latter seems certain to stay on despite huge interest for his name.
One thing is for certain, Wenger has no choice but to spend. He cannot rely on Koscielny who’s achilles is an ongoing issue and 19-year-old Chambers has been exceptional but shouldn’t be relied upon as a regular starter.
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