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Wenger Explains Decision Not To Buy

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his decision not to add to his squad before Friday nights transfer deadline. See what the Frenchman had to say here.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his decision not to add to his squad before Friday nights transfer deadline.

Gunners fans were excited to see the arrival of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla at the Emirates this summer, but their mood was offset by the sales of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United and midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona.

Many Arsenal fans, myself included, were expecting the boss to reinvest the money raised from the sales of RVP and Song, with a defensive midfielder a minimum requirement and the more optimistic were hoping for a striker and a versatile defender.

However, despite being linked with several names throughout Europe in recent months the window closed last night with no new faces arriving at Arsenal.

Wenger has defended his actions by claiming spending money is not always the answer and insisted the players brought in should be given some time to prove themselves.

The boss also hinted that he couldn’t find any players on the market who were better then the players we’ve already got and again pointed to players like Jack Wilshere being like a ‘new signing’.

“We have bought already – Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud,”

“But when you listen to people, you always have to buy more.

“Spending in itself is not a quality. Buying better players than we have – that is a quality.

“We do spend when we find the right players. You have to give the players who have come in a bit of time.

“Thierry Henry arrived and didn’t play before November, Robert Pires wasn’t an automatic starter at first.

“What is important is that we believe in the players we have and get our long-term injuries back, like Jack Wilshere.”

Wenger is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News

While i do think Arsene has a point, in that we’ve signed three quality players this summer who need some time, he can’t hide from the fact we’re extremely light up front, have no experienced out-and-out defensive midfielder in the squad and he’s once again made a profit in a transfer window.

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There were certainly players available this summer, within our price range, who could have improved the squad. Nigel de Jong, Gregory van der Wiel, Yann M’Vila, Etienne Capoue, Clint Dempsey, and even Dimitar Berbatov were all either available or sold this summer at prices within our prudent budget.

But Arsene has decided to go with what he’s got, bank the money, and presumably hope the key players in the squad stay injury free. It’s a massive gamble. Let’s see if it pays off….

Who do you think Wenger should have signed this summer? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Umar dalhat

    September 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Guys we need to give this players more time to adopt them selves pls. We shall just keep our hands cross and pray for our first winning today.

  2. chinagorom ezekiel

    September 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

    gud morin, proff arsen wenger is a grate manger so, we should make scily comment about him, he has been Arsenal manger before some of us become gunners fans,he kwon what is good for the club so let allow him do his job. BUT on the other hand the players themself have to but in their best on the pich. GUNNERS FOR REAL

    • Matt

      September 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

      What amazes me is that you got the correct ‘their’ but spelled ‘great’ as ‘grate’. You should really double check your comments for scily mistakes before you submit them.

    • Eteka

      September 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

      You are very stupid man. You joined arsenal then because they were doing just fine and am sure if its now would have prefered one of the manchester clubs or chealsea. We can only finish third or forth this season and get eliminated in CL by barca

  3. Osim Chidi

    September 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    To live a successful life,you must be ready to take risks(Gamble).Since the inception of Arsene Wenger as Arsenal Coach,he has applied that principle season in season out. He has achieved some things as well as failed in some areas,but he is totally not a failure,neither is he stupid.
    I am in no way defending A.W failures,however,i must commend his ability to take risks(Gamble)and stick to his belief.
    I know that arsenal fans worldwide will be disappointed that we did not buy at least two more players before the end of this summer’s transfer window.
    I would like to encourage every genuine arsenal fan to look out for the best from our team this season.I believe that with a bit of luck on Injuries and with sound officiating,our great club will end the 7 years trophy drought come May 2013.
    Finally,I would like to say that am very very disappointed with Arsene Wenger and the Board for not getting us a Truely combative Defensive Midfielder,but i remain arsenal number one fan for life.

  4. Matt

    September 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Another summer goes by and once again we lose key players, and Wenger gambles on players not getting injured, those we have to improve and gel; afraid it will be another season of amosts and ‘lacking a little sharpness’. No trophies again this year I fear. At least the shareholders will be happy Wenger has once again made a net profit on ‘improving’ the team.


    September 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Ipersonally rate wenger highly bt by not buying defensive midfielder was amistake.

  6. Kenneth

    September 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Yeah he bought carzola Podolski and Giroud . . . No problem. I just hope he doesn’t sell them after a season or two


    September 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Can wenger start playing cok in DM to allow arteta and santi move forward

  8. King Toqdue

    September 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Wenger sold song 4 no other reason but to allow Diaby have regular play which is a big mistake Diaby is a liability to us he gives the ball to opponents easily, dont know when to hold or pass the ball.

  9. Sadiq

    September 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    True A.W is d gr8est but why he refuse 2 see dat diaby is a major liability 2 d team is beyond me. It’s bad enough he didn’t sign a dm bt removing Mikel A. 4rm d position he made his with perfection just to create soon 4 diaby is killing. Simple use F. Coq allow MA8 take his role n dis team will achieve.

    • g

      September 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Are u thick…did you not see the liverpool game

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  12. Musty, M.M

    September 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    My friend it‘s not all the time gamble pays especially when u actually know u‘r deficiency.Wenger should at least add experienced DM even on loan which were quite available within our resources having lost Song. Methink Arsenal is not ambitious enough. And soon better players will be dodging the club, while the ones within will be leaving to more ambitious teams. This is killing.

  13. Sadinho

    September 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

    The decision not to add new faces on deadline day is obviously frustrating. But those who question Wenger’s ability to win trophies amuse me, if he became available to manage another team today, what team in Europe (other than Man Utd perhaps) wouldn’t want him? Wenger has bought big names before (Petit, Suker, Wiltord etc.) I think it’s the board that is restricting him now.

  14. Pascal

    September 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    It is another season of frustration for Arsenal’s fans, last season’s poor performance was due to weak back line, this season I have not seen any deliberate effort to cab this. I thought AW would have signed at least a strong center back,a sharpest attacker who would replace the wide vacuum left by RVP. meanwhile selling of SONG mean the center can not hold once more.

  15. kiety

    September 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    cant stand this frustrating demoralising disheartening transparency over the clubs ambitions and transfer policy. just when you we’re back in we’re straight back out in true wenger fashion he’s a master politician but not a tactician like fergie. not going to attend a single arsenal game this season. its just CRAP!

  16. may7heaven

    September 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Fernando Llorente, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Llorente,Fernando Llorente,Fernando Llorente,Fernando Llorente,Fernando Llorente,Fernando Llorente,Fernando Llorente,Fernando Llorente,Fernando Llorente,

  17. may7heaven

    September 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Fernando Llorente,

  18. Adam

    September 3, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Arsene Wenger head of sales department at Arsenal Football club ! Profit over throphys. We might win the Carling Cup and finish 4th in prem

  19. Ryan

    September 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

    very disappointed…we were a bit stagnant yesterday we will get punished when we face the likes of West Brom and Fulham we lack resilience and tenacity, we missed out on some very good players that would have improved the squad tremendously for decent fees.

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