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Wenger Expects ‘Quiet’ Summer In Transfer Market

Arsene Wenger is expecting a quiet summer of transfer activity not only at Arsenal, but throughout Europe, despite the Gunners being linked with several players

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expecting a quiet summer of transfer activity not only at Arsenal, but throughout Europe.

Speaking to on Friday, Wenger said that after securing the signing of Lukas Podolski from FC Cologne his attention will now turn to dealing with internal matters. Top of his priority list is getting players like Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby back to full fitness, while it’s also expected he will be sorting out the contract situations of Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Alex Song.

However, fear not Gooners, there is still hope of more fresh faces at the Emirates as Wenger also claimed he will look to cut his squad to make room for “one or two” further additions. So hopefully that means he’ll be getting rid of the ‘dead wood’ like Alumina, Squillaci, Park, Chamakh, Arshavin, Vela and Bendtner, and bring in M’Vila and hopefully Jan Vertonghen.

Wenger told Arsenal Player:

“We have already bought Podolski and we have bought five players during the season when it had already started,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“Our job will be focused on inside [matters] now we have Podolski. That means to get Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby back in a healthy situation and then I believe we have quite a big squad. It will be [our intention] to trim a little bit and if possible add one or two players.”

The Frenchman went on to say that he feels this summers transfer market will be a quiet one due to the 25-man squad limit imposed, as well as the economic situation affecting much of Europe. Interestingly, Arsene claimed that he gets the feeling that even the ‘big spenders’ are looking to cut back on their transfer activity. So maybe Man City won’t be spending another £100m this summer! He continued:

“I believe that the summer will be quiet for many reasons,” he added. “First of all in England you have a 25-man limited squad number. Secondly the financial situation all over Europe is really bad and in some countries they have other worries than football. Therefore I expect it to be quiet.

“In our job, and this is like a football match, it is not completely predictable. But on the vibes I get even from the clubs who are big spenders, they all want to slow down.”



  1. YY

    May 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

    hopeless club

  2. Vitalice

    May 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Trophies are nolonger contested for,but they are bought,Wenger buy us one next season.

  3. ken

    May 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Wenger must be joking after failing to replace both Nasri and Cesc last season and sitting on a pile of money this team needs a major makeover.
    Six new players needed Goalkeeper in Robinson,out Flappy,Almunia and Manone.
    Defense In Vertong out Sualachi,Djouru
    Midfield out In Hazzard M,villa out Arshavin,Diaby Ramsey
    Forwards in Poldoslski,Dempsey out Park,Chamaka Gervinio

    • david

      May 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      What ramsey has one bad season after a carreer threating injury plays more than he should and people want him out ?? are you mad give ramsey another 2 season everyone will be eating there words

  4. Dom

    May 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    You never know in football, transfers are done behind closed doors. Arsenal have never really been one to shout their transfer plans out to the public. We don’t know who those one or two or more transfers are and neither do the press. In terms of the amount we spend, we bid £25million for gotze last summer so I’m not worried about that. Their are certain areas that need to be addressed for example defence we need a leader in that back four and I’m sure Steve bould will look at the problem. We also need a playmaker. So that’s two areas that will need sorting. In terms of outgoings, those players will be replaced with either players in the academy or outside parties. But I think what wenger is getting at is that as it stands we need 1-2 more players and that is correct.

  5. Charlie

    May 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Abramovich has to be disappointed with finishing 6th this season so I don’t agree that Chelsea won’t be spending. Look at United too, they need a midfielder because Scholes was brought back from retirement as an emergency measure. City will always spend, the money that they have available is just crazy and they’ll want to consolidate. Newcastle will buy if they’re in the CL as will Spurs because you need a deep squad to compete in that additional competition. Liverpool will need to spend because they are a team in crisis. Basically I don’t agree at all with what Arsene has said, I think it’ll be a very busy summer for at least 5 clubs.

  6. jay

    May 12, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I have cousin who speaks French, he is only 35, can he apply to be on Wenger’s list ?

  7. Salimasalim

    May 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Ple mr A/W all what we need is the best,fm you i wish the best.

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