Arsene Wenger has defended Arsenal’s attempts to strengthen their squad – citing Manchester United’s capture of Anthony Martial as proof of how the transfer market was stagnant this summer.
The Gunners were linked with several high-profile strikers this summer, with Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani amongst those linked, but the club ultimately were only able to add Petr Cech to their squad.
The lack of transfer activity has been met with anger by the club’s Supporters Trust, while Gunners old boy and Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry believes the lack of a big-name striker signing has cost Arsenal a chance of title glory.
But Wenger has dismissed concerns over the club’s transfer dealings, using the example of Manchester United’s shock £36million move for Martial as proof that while each of Europe’s elite clubs – including Arsenal – have the budget for signings, top quality players are at a premium.
He told beIn Sports: “What happened last night with Monaco, who sold Martial to Manchester United for 80million Euros, (the fee it could rise to with add-ons) I’ve heard…Martial scored 11 goals in the French championship – that sums it up well.
“That means it’s not the money that’s missing at the moment, it’s not the desire of investment that is missing, it’s the number of players available who can strengthen the big clubs.
“The problem at the moment is finding the players that guarantees you are a better team after, and that example last night shows you very well.
“Martial is a huge talent – he’s 19-years-old. The investment is absolutely huge as well. It shows you that there’s not many players in the world who can strengthen these teams.”