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Wenger: Champions League Helps Arsenal Attract “Big Players”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits it’s easier to find players now that they have secured a Champions League place.

The Gunners fought back to beat Udinese 3-1 in the Champions League play-off round. The victory means Arsenal will bank at least another £20million which was imperative to their season’s campaign.

Wenger is short in the middle of the park especially after the departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, and he was asked if it’s easier to find a better calibre of player after Wednesday nights victory, Wenger told Sky Sports:

“Yes, of course. We want to play at the top and all of the big players want to play at the top.

“It is a little bit easier, but it is not easy to find players of the calibre that we have lost.

“I believe that we have top players still coming through our club, and we have shown that again tonight.”

Asked if he was expecting to add before the 31st August deadline, he added:

“I expect to, of course, but at the moment I am very happy if we get (Abou) Diaby back in midfield and a few others that are out.

“We have too many players missing, but you will see that we have a very good squad.”

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  1. cin

    August 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    We are seeing man. U have very good squad.
    Why this person can lie like this.


  2. Alex jackson

    August 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Why wengar ar still talking about players who ar injur now ever club as dat record n dat doesn’t stop them of sign other players who dey know wil add quality 2 there club i don’t know what wengar is try 2 tel us there go out n make some signing b/4 transfer close even those injury players ar back so that competion wil be in d team cos we ar involv in 4 competision this season sign now wengar instead 2 be talking about injury players ok

  3. saliu

    August 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    wenger is surely cursed,talking about injury prone and lazy diaby who cost us a game @ newcastle utd lart season. Dis is wengers’ las season.


    August 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    The guy you’re asking to shut up is the same who brought to you Champions League for 14 consécutive times…
    so be respectful to him.
    You’re s**t !!!
    If you are talking like this, it’s just because HE brought to you success and HE made your excpectations higher.
    Don’t forget that.
    You are like someone who asked for 1 millon $ to invest and when he got profits, he doesn’t want to pay back the million to the owner.
    Respect the guy who broughtt glory to you!

  5. Segzygunn

    August 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    The best tesm in d world hav sign quality mor dan £50m despate they won almost every competiton last seson… The Egland campion hav also sign player woth £50m dis seson.. Man city dat won resonable trophy last seson hav added mor quality… Now Arsenal sold 4 quality players from the defletiv team that hav not won any thin 4 d past 6seson intead of adding mor.. Arsenal wel try dis seson but not better than last seson bcos the team is not better than team that can not win any trophy 4d past 6seson

  6. gunner

    August 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    diaby, haha haha haa that lazy crap,what the f*** he’s talking about,we will lose to manu 5-0 after that he will think….. Otherwise he’ll talk about udinese win all the time,1pt from posible 9pt.

  7. legoon

    August 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I suggest you all learn how to speak and write English up the arse

  8. solomon

    August 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    With majority of the comments on this blog, i think some of our players that left and critised supporters are right. Why do you people just like to condem and crucify people just like that? Diaby is a good player. Yes he’s injury prone but see him as an attacking minded mid fielder just as Yaya is to Man.City. Yaya has been able to pay that role at City because of the support given to him. If Abu is given the same support he will perform even better. Also note that Wenger is not the one negotiating players. All he does is to identify players and the CEO goes into the business of negotiation period. All the players linked are the ones that Wenger has identified but he can sign them himself because he’s not the one that will make payment for these players.

  9. Ken

    August 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    What worries me is that I do not see any signs of reinvestment in the team with an apparent loan bid for kaka and a stupid offer for Cahill of 6 million i don’t see much spend in the next few days .
    How hard is it to get a player in? We need a couple for the man u game. If there where replacements in the wings for both cesc and nasri surly these would have been bought in by now
    This club is in crises and all we need to know ad fans is what the board has made available for the manager to spend this way we all know exactly where we are and won’t get our hopes up
    I think the main aim of the board is profit before trophies

  10. Tony Monti

    August 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    If Wenger refuses to sign quality players before the end of the window, Arsenal wont be able to qualify for champiöns league next season

  11. G4L

    August 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    What’s the point of attracting Big players if you never bid for any!?!?!?!

    …5 days left of the window open & still no REAL signings!!


  12. mohammed

    August 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    @Solomon, did u really know what u are talking about? That diaby is gud only need fan’s support. What kind of support he needs that fans did not give him? for hw long has he been in arsenal and refused to prof himself. I think respect is earned and not given. He doesn’t deserve that shirt.

  13. paul

    August 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    wenger should go to brazil and look for talented plasyers,before the mumer transfer close….becose i wll not happy seing arsnal go down again this season..guners for life

  14. Adisa oladipupo

    August 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I belt whit u pple aw will notadd new player

  15. tom k

    August 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    ive all ways thought aw as a good manager but a few things thats botherd me a bout him a long time now. 1 when he has won the prem he didnt strengthen for next season. 2 he wants full asking prices for playes hes selling. yet he will never pay the asking price for any player he supposenly wants(hence never gets him) 3 he knows where our weeknes has been a very long time and doesn’t address it and new as much as we all have we was going 2 lose sam and cesc and not got replacements inplace 🙁

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