Arsene Wenger has once again expressed his desire to spend money on the right player, but bemoaned the lack of top class strikers in this summer’s transfer market.
It’s not simply a case of availability, there’s a shortage of high level striking talent throughout the European game. The big clubs have the big strikers and they won’t be letting them go, while there are few outstanding candidates coming through the next generation.
It’s a concern for the manager as he looks to spend the money he’s got available to him this summer.
“There’s a shortage [of top class strikers] in the world,” he told Standard Sport. “It confirms that there’s a difference between financial power nowadays and the availability of top-class players.
“It is simple. For any deal, when you want to buy something you go to see the owner and if he doesn’t want to sell, he doesn’t want to sell. You cannot buy.
“In our job it is exactly like that. When the players are not free you cannot buy them because it’s the club who decides, the person who owns the contract who decides.
“In Europe you have maybe 15 clubs with a huge financial resource. It is hard, believe me, to get a deal over the line.”
The difficulty of finding the right player, both in terms of talent and availability, is why the Frenchman is looking for improvement from what he’s already got.
While not ruling out more purchases, he said, “I’m always more focused on developing the team, the players we have and getting everyone on board that we have at the club.
“We want to develop players as well rather than overthinking whether to buy. I’m not against buying when it is a plus for your team.
“If it’s just to buy a player at the level of the players that you have to make people happy, I’m not ready for that.
“If it’s somebody who brings something that you don’t already have in the squad, then of course you want to do that.”