“We couldn’t bring in players early” – Wenger

Wenger frustratedArsene Wenger says he tried to conduct his transfer business early enough this summer, but he was not able to pull off the deal.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of players like Luis Gustavo, Gonzalo Higuain, amongst others, but they have ended up at other clubs. Wenger offered an explanation as to what happened.

“You would be surprised how early we acted [to get players in],” Wenger said. “In our job sometimes, you can spend a lot of time, you don’t go on holiday, work on things, and it doesn’t come off.

“This is part of the job. A question of patience, of continuing to be completely focused and sometimes nothing happens in five or six weeks. Then sometimes in 24 hours you can do two or three good deals, it’s not predictable.

“I am confident we will make signings because the desire of the players to join us is clear. Also the fact that we have some funds available, even if not as much as everyone writes. We have the funds to do something.

“The win in Fenerbahce helps. Everybody says to us, are we happy with Champions League football? Yes we are, of course but we want more. But let me tell you the first question a player asks when they sign; he asks: ‘do you play Champions League football?’ This is how it is decided today. It is the first requirement of top, top-level players.”

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan

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