Wenger Vows Not To Spend….And This Time He’s Right

By on January 23, 2012

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Following another defeat, a chorus of boos from the crowd still ringing in his ears and with pressure mounting, you’d have thought Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would be doing his best to get back on good terms with the Emirates faithful.

However, the Frenchman has risked another backlash after declaring he doesn’t intend on spending his way out of trouble. Speaking after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Man Utd, Wenger was asked if he agreed that he needed to invest in the squad, he replied:

”I don’t. Spending money is not the target. It never has been in life.”

”We need our players back. We missed 10 players. When you see what we created in the second half, it’s important for us to get the players back.”

(source: telegraph)

We’ve had to sit back and watch Arsenal slump to three successive defeats this month and the areas that need strengthened are clear for all to see, and have been for some time, but the boss is adamant he doesn’t need to get the chequebook out. And for the most part, he’s right.

He’s right, because the damage has already been done and he missed the window of opportunity for signings to make a difference when it mattered most.

Nearly four weeks ago after beating QPR 1-0, which was our last league win by the way, Wenger was asked about the injury to Thomas Vermaelen and if he would now be dipping into the transfer market, he told Arsenal.com:

“it would be stupid for us to drop points because we don’t have a left back.”

No sh*t, but it seems you were that stupid Arsene. No signing was made, no short term loan, nothing, and three defeats later Arsenal are now adrift of fourth spot and unlikely to catch Chelsea, who are strengthening their squad further this month with international players. Gary Cahill is already in the bag to sort out their dodgy defence, and they’ve had a £16.6m bid for Willian turned down by Shakhtar. Willian has been linked to Arsenal in the past, but again it looks like he’ll go to a rival as no doubt Chelsea will go back with a larger offer and snap him up.

Wenger had the time to address the full back issue during the first week of the window but he sat back and simply hoped we’d get by with Djourou, Miquel, Yennaris and Coquelin as emergency full backs until the first team players return.

Who didn’t predict this would happen? It was obvious Wenger wouldn’t bring anyone in to help the defence. Now with Vermaelen back, and Gibbs and Sagna hopefully joining him for our next league match away to Bolton on Feb 1st, Wenger has the perfect excuse not to buy now.

There is no point bringing in any defensive cover at this point, the damage has already been done. Let’s try and get past Villa in the cup next week with what we’ve got and hope Sagna and Gibbs don’t have any set backs once they return.

However, the one area where Arsene is most certainly wrong with his assessment is the attacking third. Arsenal desperately need another striker to compliment van Persie and I would argue a central playmaker is also required, but with Wilshere also back soon hopefully he can add that creativity we’ve been missing.

But will Wenger bring in a striker in the next week? Don’t bank on it. After all, Chamakh will be back from the ACN soon. Sigh.

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10 Comments

  1. Arselicked

    January 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I can’t make out if you agree with him or not. You appear as confused as he is and that is not good for my good old heart.

    • RVP10

      January 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Ha, sorry. Maybe i should have been clearer. I agree with Arsene that he shouldn’t bring in any defensive cover NOW. Because he should have got someone in 3-4 weeks ago. There is no point brining in a left back or right back now, when Sagna and Gibbs are both back for the next league game.

      Wenger SHOULD have got someone in 3 weeks ago and we might not have lost the last 3 games. He took a risk and its backfired.

  2. richard morgan

    January 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I disagree we need a striker and a full back at least one. the time to buy is now, yes we were ten players out but only 4of them would have only been able to play. Our bench yesterday showed that we lack strength in depth in this squad certain players are not good enough cut them loose and we would have enough room to buy better players the player i am talking about are Djourou, Squillaci, Arshavin, Diaby, Possibly Chamakh though not his fault form and confidence deserted him. Almunia, Bedntner, Denillson would also be on the list out at a cut price if need be thats eight players leaving room for more players to come in and those to be promoted from within club too. Wenger if you don’t buy now a top four finish is not going to be a realistic target. A full back and a top striker should be priority at this time even if it’s a loan.

    • RVP10

      January 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Making wholesale changes in January isn’t realistic Richard. All the players you mentioned should have been shipped out in the SUMMER. but we wont be able to find buyers for them all now.

      A striker is a must but we all know Wenger wont pay £20m for a proven player.

  3. joe

    January 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    He needs to pay some club to take Arshavin, Djurou, and Chamak off our hands to name but a few

  4. Mark

    January 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I saw on SSN that AC Milans Taiwo has signed on load with QPR… Having a heartattack or am I just losing what little faith I had in Wenger slip away. Surely he would have done us til end of da season- I mean even if Sagna & Gibbs do come back in February, Taiwo would have done a good job for us in January but by not signing any emergency full back we have dropped 9 points and for the first time under Wenger we will finish below the lil spuds down the road. Losing the will to carry on if that becomes a reality and again next season.

  5. MacTavish

    January 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Why would he buy a strong centre forward to supplement Van Persie when he can just stick Mertesacker up front again, and so force the centre forward he has brought on to come back to the centre circle to pick up the ball. Ahh, the beautiful game eh! What a joke. And as for getting a left back. How long do you think Gibbs will stay fit for? Santos is great going forward, but can he defend? He should be cover for the left side. We desperately need a left back, who not only can defend, go forward successfully, but crucially, play ten games in a row.

  6. the man

    January 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Sagna and Gibbs are both back in 2-3 weeks. That means we are going to have 3 more games without any fullbacks…

    • eddie owen

      January 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      The dammage has all ready been done,its to late for this season,things should have been done a long time ago,but we have a hasbeen of a manager who wont change with the times,7yr it will be without a trophy,mid table we will be.

  7. jeremy

    January 24, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Just wondering aloud, if we were playing to the potential of this team, everyone performing well not necessarily winning all our games but getting the excellent games we know these boys are capable off, Would people still shout the spend money stuff??

    Maybe we simply are not getting the best out of some of our players at the moment for some reason and if that’s the case, then, it doesn’t matter if we buy Messi, he wont perform if we cant get the best out of him… just thinking aloud…

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