It has been reported over the last few weeks that Arsenal have targeted predominantly three players, whom of which are Everton central defender Phil Jagielka, Valencia attacking midfielder Juan Mata and young Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell.
On the topic of Arsenal transfer dealings Wenger stated: “Business will be done sooner rather than later.
“At the moment you have two categories of movement. One from zero to £10m, and one from £30m-£50m. We are in between, and in between nothing happens at the moment. There has been very little movement.
“All the clubs who live from the money which football generates do not buy.
“The only clubs who buy at the moment in Europe are ones who buy with money which is not generated by our industry
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“There are two categories of club – those who travel with sweat and those who travel with petrol. We are those who travel with sweat.
“I am very happy with the way we do things and with the players we develop, with what we try to achieve.
“Unfortunately, last year, we finished with a bitter taste in our mouths, but we know we were very, very close so we want to come back this year.”
When asked about reported target, respectful Wenger said: “I like the player, but that does not mean we will buy him.”
Additionally when asked about other high priority target Phil Jagielka, he said: “The player is under contract at Everton. If we want to buy a player, we need first the agreement of the club.”
It is good to finally see concrete evidence of transfer targets, pointed out by both Chairman Peter Hill-Wood and Manager Arsene Wenger. The targetting of Jagielka this summer is now definite, while Mata also seems to be a high possibility leading me to believe that Fabregas is likely to be on his way to Barca this summer.
I have no regrets about saying I was definitely worried about how Arsene was going to approach the back-end of the transfer window, and if he would even bolster the squad at all. With the likes of Fabregas and possibly Nasri on the way out, things were again looking grim for Arsenal fans. Although in saying this, the light at the end of the tunnel has FINALLY come around and if he indeed he is able to sign the mentioned players I would consider this a good summer (by Arsenal standards).
Let’s face it, we are no Manchester ‘money-bags’ City, which does require us to actually negotiate prices and avoid price wars rather than just throw an absurdly huge amount of money at any club with the best players. We are also not silly Liverpool, who throw away their funds away for highly over-rated players. If we seal these two players, even though Arsene’s methods are frustrating, he would have brought world-class players in for a fraction of the price. Hopefully he pulls through!