Arsene Wenger insists he’s happy with the transfer business he’s undertaken in recent windows despite the criticism arrowed in Arsenal’s direction for only adding Petr Cech to their squad this summer.
After signing the long-standing Chelsea keeper in June the Gunners were fully expected to splash the cash on a defensive midfielder and striker. In the end, despite links with all manner of big names, further signings did not materialise leaving the Emirates outfit as the only club in Europe’s top five leagues not to strengthen their outfield options.
Speaking to beIN SPORTS in the hours after the UK transfer window closed, Wenger told journalist Matt Spiro, using Manchester United’s acquisition of Antony Martial as an example, that for all the money in the market top quality players remain few and far between.
“What happened last night with Monaco, who sold Martial to Manchester United for 80million Euros, (the fee it could rise to with add-ons) I’ve heard…Martial scored 11 goals in the French championship – that sums it up well.
“That means it’s not the money that’s missing at the moment, it’s not the desire of investment that is missing, it’s the number of players available who can strengthen the big clubs.
“The problem at the moment is finding the players that guarantees you are a better team after, and that example last night shows you very well.
“Am I happy with the investment I made? Yes, every time. I bought Sanchez, I bought Ozil, I bought Cech. I bought Gabriel last year, Debuchy…
“When you have to invest, you have to find the players. The problem at the moment is to find the players that guarantees that you are absolutely a better team after.
“Martial is a huge talent – he’s 19-years-old. The investment is absolutely huge as well. It shows you that there’s not many players in the world who can strengthen these teams.”
In light of the big spending of Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG the boss was also quizzed on whether Arsenal – as an example of a ‘well run’ club that spends only what it earns – are being penalised by the relaxation of the FFP rules.
His response: “No, [we’re] not being penalised. I think well run clubs should just be a normality. Every club should live with the resources it produces.
“What is at the end of the day the size of a club; what is a big club and a small club? A big club should be the club with the biggest fanbase and works the best in its decisions.”