Wenger Claims Fans Want Lionel Messi – No, We Just Don’t Want Chamakh

By on January 4, 2013

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims it’s become more difficult for him in the transfer market because fans expect to see big-name signings like Lionel Messi, according to Arsenal.com.

Wenger built a reputation for signing relatively unknown players and turning them into stars in his early years, with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Kolo Toure and Nicolas Anelka all picked up on the cheap and going on to become house-hold names.

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However, the professor seems to have lost his touch a little in recent years with a number of signings failing to make the grade – Seabstien Squillaci, Marouane Chamakh, Gervinho and Andre Santos to name a few – and the boss claims the days of signing promising players are gone due to the expectations at the club. He told the clubs official website:

“It’s very difficult because the level of expectation is very high,” the manager said. “People want to see Lionel Messi. They don’t want to see a promising guy.

“First of all the name gives hope. When a guy has no name people are already sceptical. So it’s much more difficult for us.”

Many Arsenal fans have reacted badly to Arsene’s comments on Twitter and you can understand their issue. While some unrealistic fans may demand names such as Messi, Ronaldo or Falcao, the majority are more realistic and simply expect a club like Arsenal to be competitive in the transfer market without putting the clubs future in jeopardy.

I want us to spend the money we have in the bank on players who can improve the team and not just ‘make do’ – as we seem to be doing in recent years.  I don’t expect Messi but I think a club like Arsenal should be going for the likes of Fernando Llorente or David Villa. Be a bit more adventurous in the market to bring in proven quality, not ‘make do’ by signing another Chamakh on a free.

However, I get the Arsene point is trying to make. Many fans are asking why we didn’t sign Michu in the summer after seeing him scoring goals for fun at Swansea. But think about it. Can you imagine the reaction had we actually signed Michu for £2m as a replacement for RVP?! The fans would have been in uproar claiming that stingy Arsenal had once again sold it’s best player and bought a cheap replacement to turn a quick profit.

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The fact is, and what Wenger is alluding to, is that teams like Swansea can afford to take risks on unknown players like Michu because the fans ‘allow’ it, whereas he is under pressure to bring in more established names. Which is true. But what the boss should perhaps have also mentioned is that’s because we’re a world class football club and the fans pay the highest ticket prices in the Premier League, and one of the highest in Europe, so Gooners are right to have expectations over the quality of players we sign!

What do Arsenal fans think of Wenger’s comments? Get involved in the comments section below.

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19 Comments

  1. JONATHAN

    January 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

    arsene wenger is just a confused fellow as he has refused to show some intelligence… how come u knew u needed to go into the transfer mkt in january to sign big names and ure dis dull… does it mean al dis while u had not found a player of ur choice.. what ve u bn doing since u knew u were going to d market… what nonsense.

    • jogon kitty

      January 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

      you call Wenger confused, he may be but I am extremely confused trying to work out what you have written…

      • BrutalistixRichsomay

        January 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

        Nice one jog on kitty. Couldn’t work out what he on about. Having said that, I recall another version of the same interview where he refers to “the next Lionel Messi”. No doubt some of his signings have let him down. We shouldn’t get on his case for that. It’s the lottery of transfers. Remember how awful most peeps thought Koscielny was in his first season? Even Merstersacker has been praised this season, after enduring a poor first season.
        If a player wants to leave, there isn’t much you can do about it (Cesc & RVP) what you don’t want in a club is players dictating who should be sold and who to buy. I am confident that things will get better for Arsenal despite the hurdles this season.

  2. Pearson mbalekwa

    January 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I am one gunner that has in the last four years been convienced that under Arsene wenger Arsenal will never be champions again. He has run out of ideas and therefore he is not the right manager to move the club forward. He lives in the past and his past is trully gone. Wenger is the problem and until the problem is removed Arsenal wont go anywhere. He has had his best period at Aesenal but its time to have another manager who can motivate the players and make them feel hungry for glory. How can you allow your best player to leave the club year in and year out. If someone who died four years ago and was an Arsenal fan can be awaken, he would hardly recognise the team.

    • jogon kitty

      January 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

      I agree, I haven’t spent a single penny on Arsenal for 4-5 years.

      Wenger said not long ago that if we sell our best players we can no longer be considered a big club…well Wenger got this prediction correct and who was it that sanctioned the deals ?

    • cin

      January 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

      He is not living in past. You are not getting what Arsenal and Wenger is doing. They are doing their business well.

  3. cin

    January 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Arsene, you are mistaken.

    We fans don’t want Messi. We want only one thing, just a good team to fight for PL and CL. We want to win at least one CUP every year. Not your Cup(Forth position). We want only team who can look beyond fourth position in the league.

    All f**king thing this Wenger is saying just for cheating fans in one way or other.

    • jose

      January 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Wenger is right, they nead the Talent and Inteligence of the LatinoAmerican and Spaniards players in the epl and pl leages is the only way they can see goals and profesional and beautiful football.-

  4. john

    January 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

    They are doing good business for arsenal not the fans

  5. Ben Arfa

    January 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I think this statement shows that Arsenal are making progress in the market this Jan although I don’t prefer this market over the Summer one as really you can’t scout players you have to sign players which already have been on the radar because simply their isn’t enought time to do everything in 30days.

    Targets
    Yan’M'Villa (Rennes)
    Olic (Bayern Munich)
    Michu ( Swansea)
    David Villa ( Barcelona)
    Luis Holtby ( Shalke)
    Sneidjar ( I.Milan) although I believe arsenal will never pay £200,000 wage demands per week
    Really important target WHO I really think will come Ibrahim Affelay

  6. Arselicked

    January 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

    AW is right, imagine if he was to sign a 10 year old Messi, the entire gooner faithful would be up in arms. They want established stars like Hazard, Falcao, Neymar, etc because they(fans are paying highest season tickets. They don’t want players who will give you only 6months like Arshavin, Chamack, etc.,

  7. Josh

    January 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    He should just change his old ideas and policies, he should move on with time. Arsenal should be the first to go into transfer market, why must he always be the one to see a good player and another manager will come and snatch the player, if he’s talking about quality players is Saha not a quality player, why must he sell before he buys what about the funds made available to him, he should wise up and restore his old glory, he’s giving all the fans unnecessary pressure.
    We need a good and strong defensive midfielder (Wayama Celtic) confirm striker and needs to reinforce our defense.

  8. Oppey

    January 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Arsene broke my heart…

  9. Amlydave

    January 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I have a feeling that Wenger does not respect the feeling of Arsenal fans. We all know there’s only one Messi and he’s at Barca. We therefore will not want any Messi since there’s no other. I find Wenger’s comment insulting. However, everyone can see what Chelsea is doing. Wenger may be financially prudent but I know he can do better since he has enough cash to bring in world class players. At the moment he’s busy making jest of the fans while his mates are busy in the transfer market. At a time he said he has to sort out the Walcott issue before looking further as if he’s just being aware of the issue. What I feel is that he’s dragging his feet so as to allow time fly and in the end he will say there are no good players remaining in the transfer market thereby keeping the money he never want to spend. With the way Wenger is driving the club this season, I am certain he will NOT get that 4th place trophy he has been winning for Arsenal each year.

    • Josh

      January 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Good talk my guy.

  10. tommyt

    January 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I saw Wenger said this “Those who are on the transfer market will not help us win the games.” Dear oh dear! Words fail me. That is exactly the opposite of the truth! New, established, world class player WILL win us games! That is why you buy them! Can’t deal with this! lol It’s so hard being an Arsenal fan i swear.

  11. paul

    January 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    he has had time to build a team on promises given years ago when we moved to the emirates but either players didnt deliver;where not tied to appropriate contracts or where sold for good money. All these decisions have been the clubs and they cant complain that fans are impatient after all these years. Sort it wenger as the days of getting by are numbered now as fans have had enough seeing no suitable investment in the team through increasing wages where the need arises or buying to strengthen…….

  12. ken

    January 6, 2013 at 12:21 am

    im exusted with wenger he has helped the board helped himself and run rings around the fans ,this arsenal make shift team of wengers has not even played one season together it takes at least two seasons for most teams to gel in the premiership or survive big games coming up man city man united chelsea here is hoping

  13. lol

    January 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    arsenal wenger will not change his ways until we arsenal fan disgrace him publicly,this man is becoming so arrogant and he doesnt care about huge tickct fee paid by the fans so far they can smile to the bank at the end of the season

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