Wenger: No guarantees I’ll strengthen Arsenal’s squad

Date published: Saturday 16th April 2016 10:33

Arsene Wenger: Not in a hurry to make new signings

Arsene Wenger: Not in a hurry to make new signings

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he will do his best to make new signings this summer, but admits it’s “not easy” to find players capable of improving the Gunners squad.

The Frenchman has often frustrated the Arsenal fans by his unwillingness to spend the club’s cash and has even admitted he’s prudent with their money as he feels the “club belongs to me”.

To most fans, Arsenal need to invest in a few new additions over the summer if they’re to avoid the familiar story of falling short at the final hurdle, but Wenger admits there’s no guarantees the club will splash the cash this summer.

“You need to keep a core of players and strengthen where we can, but the team is going the right way,” he said. “It’s at the moment difficult for us to accept we’re not completely there, but you have to accept that.

“If you look at the top three, you’ll see that the teams have not changed a lot.

“The core is not good enough? That’s an outside point of view. We have again to analyse it in an objective way. And this team has won many games and the quality of many games was at top level.

“We have to strengthen, but it is not obvious, despite the money the English clubs will have, to find the players who will strengthen your squad. We will of course work very hard to do that and we are already working, but we have to find the players. It’s not easy.

“I will judge (the likes of, Mohamed) Elneny at the end of the season, but for sure he’s had a big impact, much bigger than expected because usually a guy comes in, it takes him a few months to adapt, and him and Iwobi had a big impact on the quality of our game.”

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  • #965627
    James Marshment
    James Marshment
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    Arsene Wenger will ‘do his best’ to make new signings this summer, but admits it’s “not easy” to find players capable of improving Arsenal.

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    #965783

    armageddon
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    Time for Arsene to leave Arsenal. Even Tottenham will finish above them this season.

    #966764

    Karim321
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    Every year it is the same. If the penny has dropped this season then Wenger is more arrogant than I thought and has completely lost the plot. Our players are average and overpaid and so is Wenger come to think of it. Tume for fans to make a stand and force him out. We need a new manager who has more ambition and is more up to date with the modern game.

    #966884

    elfaro
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    True, even buying a player does not guarantee improvement of the squad, but the reluctance of emptying the change from the pocket has on an occasion cost us a really good players. Most obvious example the insulting 40+1 bid for Suares, and maybe Higuanian last summer.
    Lets still not forget that the name Arsene Wenger has a big weight in attracting players. Casorla, Ozil, Alexis, would we have seen this players at Arsenal today if it wasn’t for the work of Wenger through the barren financial years? I don’t think so. All eras come to an end, but to sack Wenger is simply unthinkable act, he has earned the right to step down in grace when the time comes.

    #967154

    Jeff
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    I am sick and tired of people like elfaro and ex-players like Keown, Seaman and even Bergkamp saying “he has earned the right to decide when to go.” So this arrogant, autocratic,stubborn despot who never thinks he is to blame for anything at all can decide when he should go? When will that be- in 10 years time? Absolute nonsense. He disrespects the fans, thinking our views mean nothing, continues to believe that the imbalanced squads he has chosen over the past 10 years will win something meaningful and threatens that he could continue for some time as ” he has no other life apart from football”. This Premiership campaign that he has presided over, like so many others, was an absolute disgrace and he is accused of criminal negligence. I suppose the next thing that will be repeated is “careful what you wish for”. Well I and apparently 70% of every recent poll wants him gone and the fact that a few of his remaining disciples still stupidly suggest Wenger should be the only one who should decide his future, betrays them to be Arsenists not true supporters of the club.

    #968084

    ahmad1973
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    If this board has any balls they should sack Wenger now. A club of our supposed stature surely can pay that Wanker 8M to get lost. Bould can oversee the debacle of a season and we should bring in someone with hunger and ambition. Only sacking Wenger will wake up the bunch of tossers that wear our jersey.

    #968585

    Karim321
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    I tired of people defending AW because if past glories. He is well past his sell by date and the sooner he goes the better. It is getting boring watching us play. We dominate possession but don’t look threatening enough and always look vulnerable and the muppet in charge hasn’t been able to address this for years now. Our players are overpaid and and at best the vast majority of them are average. Wenger has created this mess and it will take someone awhile to sort this out.

    #968681

    ahmad1973
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    On current form this bunch is heading for Europa league and deservedly so. Wanker has been hiding behind the financial doping argument for years. This year he has been found out for the specialist in failure that he really is. Monaco was ruthless and fired him as soon as his approach became impotent. However some scaremongers have us believe it will be bad after Wenger leaves. I am prepared to take that chance. With Wenger the dross that need to leave are numerous and as you say Karim, it may take years to make us competitive again. Regardless of the outcome of the season fans need to be heard after the Villa game. I bloody hope that we do to rue missing out on Klopp; Guardiola and even Mourinho for that matter.

    #970984
    suarezsteeth
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    In my opinion, you need a dominant CB,you need an outstanding DM (same as Liverpool),and you need some better strikers. Mertesacker is finished at the top level,Gabriel seems hit and miss,Koscielny is your best CB without a doubt. If the money is there,why not try for Varane,or Hummels? Even Sergio Ramos is apparently interesting Chelsea. Would he not be better than what you have,with all respect? Up front,I think you’re light. Campbell is a young kid,Iwobi,same,young kid,Welbeck,decent but injury prone,and,(maybe you have a different opinion) but I’ve never been totally convinced by Giroud,he’s a bit inconsistent in my opinion. Cavani could be available in the summer,you’ve been linked with Benzema again,Lukaku will probably leave Everton….the options are there,it’s just whether Wenger will spend. That’s one criticism I have of him. You have the money,but he just seems reluctant to buy,and not just one particular season,it’s happened a few times now. When you were interested in Suarez,I was genuinely worried that you’d get him,and I could not believe you made that £40m+£1 offer. My jaw hit the floor. He’s one of the best strikers in the world,and if Arsenal had bid £55-60m,you’d have probably got him. Liverpool struggle to attract the top players for a number of reasons, but the biggest one is the no CL factor. Arsenal qualify every year,have the financial muscle,the location etc etc. A massive attraction for players,yet Wenger refuses to spend. It’s so frustrating, because I know for a fact,that if Liverpool had all of the factors you have going for you,especially the finances, we would have spent it,and would no doubt have won the PL by now. It’s incredibly frustrating as a Liverpool fan to see another club sitting on a wad of cash,and not spending it,when I know what my club could do with that money. It’s unbelievable in my opinion. To succeed now,you have to spend, and if you don’t spend (or in Liverpool’s case,spend unwisely) you get left behind. I just hope for your sake that you get the signings you want in the summer,and Wenger starts showing more ambition. Cheers lads

    #971077
    steveosnakeeye
    steveosnakeeye
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    sad fact is as the article says he likely wont other than some kids (real kids that wont make 1st team for years) its a SHOCKING statement for any manager to say especially after the season we have had

    #971113
    Al The Gooner
    Al The Gooner
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    ST – you’re preaching to the converted mate, but what we really need is a new manager.

    I don’t think it’s bias to say we have a better squad than both Leicester and the Spuds, but both teams have individuals who lift everyone else’s game and both teams seem to want to actually win the title.

    Wenger, meanwhile, is giving his players extra days off and has no idea what his best eleven is.

    #971155
    suarezsteeth
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    Al,certainly a better squad than Leicester mate. As I’ve previously said,this was a great chance for you to win the league. This type of season won’t happen again for a long time,if ever,most teams will improve in the summer,and Arsenal have blown it,and need to keep up with the other teams in the summer,in terms of spending. Football has changed from 1996 when Wenger got the job,and he needs to realise that. I think he could have problems in the summer. Sanchez is reportedly considering his future, Wilshere just can’t stay fit,Arteta and Flamini will probably move on,there are question marks over Chamberlain and Walcott’s futures…. if he loses all those players (bar Wilshere) he obviously has to spend,and spend big. The saving grace for you will obviously be CL qualification, which you will no doubt get. I think you do need a new manager, but I don’t think Wenger will leave till next year. Just a gut feeling

    #971443
    Al The Gooner
    Al The Gooner
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    ST – again mate, preaching to the converted. Most Gooners have been saying all this for a while now but, if we don’t have a better squad than the Spuds, that’s just a further indictment of Wenger.

    Thing is, I think my point is proven by just how awful we’ve been this season. Much of the problem lies in tactics, lack of a plan B, the way the defence is set up, poor team balance and poor, often mind-boggling substitutions – that’s all down to the manager, not the players.

    If both Wenger and Pochettino were getting the best out of their squads and we were still in our relative positions, then you’d get no argument from me, but Poch is doing wonders with his, while Wenger is still making mistake after mistake and is currently presiding over our worst season in the 20 years he’s been at Arsenal. Only the fact that the Manchesters and Chelski are doing even worse has kept us in with a shout of a top four place.

    Either way, most of our problems will be fixed by having the right man in charge – and it definitely ain’t Wenger.

    PS 4th is by no means guaranteed. City have already overtaken us, after being five points behind just a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn’t bet on Man U not catching us too – they’re eeking out a lot of narrow wins and getting closer and closer. I wouldn’t even write off West Ham overtaking us if we keep our current form up – Wenger thinks the answer is to give them time off – nuff said I think! (Sorry, that was a very long “PS”)

    #971911
    suarezsteeth
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    AL,I don’t even think it’s beyond Liverpool to get 4th. Improbable yes,but not impossible. City are drawing 1-1 as I write this,that’s a great result for the teams around them if it stays like that. Agree with your post,Wenger is making mistake,the report today that the players are confused by some of his decisions doesn’t bode well. Your board surely has to be bold and make the right call this summer (new manager). Arsenal seem to be stagnating under Wenger,and a fresh face,a new voice,new ideas could work wonders for you next season. City game just finished,1-1,bad result for them

    #972199
    banjo_chuckers
    banjo_chuckers
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    With all due respect, I think the biggest issue is the “right to retire” argument. The great Brain Clough earned that right and look what happened there. Not saying for one minute Wenger’s/Arsenal’s fall from grace would be anything like that (wishful thinking perhaps! 🙂 ) but the board need to look beyond that “right to retire” discussion. I don’t think I’m being harsh when I say Arsenal have stagnated a bit, even after the “new stadium” excuse years are over. The best compliment I can give is that you boys have been very consistent but not really showing any signs of major improvement at home or in Europe.

    #972373
    steveosnakeeye
    steveosnakeeye
    Moderator

    and now we are hearing the players are bemused at his team selections and tactics, not a happy camp at all, why cant he do the decent thing now?

    #972562
    Al The Gooner
    Al The Gooner
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    Nail on the head there Banjo. Wenger did wonders for Arsenal, but that was a long time ago and ultimately, he was just doing the job he gets very well paid to do. It would have been harsh to get rid of him after a couple of seasons of underperforming, but for almost a decade, he has regularly failed to get the best out of his squad and the resources he has at his disposal.

    He’s still the man who’s given us Gooners a lot of our happiest memories and I think most of us would prefer it if he just held his hands up now and acknowledged he’s taken us as far as he can, but if he won’t make the decision, then it needs to be made for him.

    Unfortunately, the Arsenal board are staggeringly useless and unambitious. The only thing that will kick Kroenke & Co into action is if they start losing large chunks of gate revenue. Apparently, the club have had to put a lot of tickets on general sale for West Brom tomorrow night – that’s very rare. If that trend continues, they might finally act.

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