Arsene Wenger had to answer questions about Theo Walcott yet again yesterday, is he staying or is he going and the answer to the latter was:
No, that is for sure. My gut feeling is that he belongs to this club and that I hope he will sign for us. I always am convinced he will stay.
Then of course came the next question about the £100,000 he is reported to be asking for and is he worth it or will he get it:
You never fix yourself a limit on financial restrictions. At the end of the day, can you pay what the player wants? And does it fit with your wage structure?
I have always fought for the players to make money so I am happy when the players make big money. But it has to be made possible for the club to pay it.
I believe the board will follow my recommendation if it is possible. We have a wage bill that has to be respected. When we go overboard and higher than it is expected, I ask the board to do it and most of the time they follow my demands.
Since when has a manager told the board what to pay a player?
Anyway, Wenger seems confident Walcott is staying but sadly that means very little, he said Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and a few others would stay, but we all know what happened there.
Talking of the manager, his pre transfer window speech was also in full flow yesterday:
If we can add one or two exceptional players, we will do it. What we do not want to do is add players just because people put us under pressure to buy players.
That is where we have to be strong enough. If we find a player who will give us something special, we will do it, but that, in January, will not be easy.
We have money, and why should I not spend it if it is to find the right players?
There is certainly no point in adding players who are either identical to what we already have or who are no better than who we already have playing in that person’s position but, we have spaces to fill and Wenger really needs to fill them, especially if he wants us to beat Bayern Munich in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
We last played Bayern in Europe in 2005, losing 3-2 on aggregate so we have a score to settle. The first leg at The Emirates will be played on 19th February, with the return match at Munich’s Allianz Arena on 13th March.
Don’t worry though, Pizarro is getting on a bit now……
Ray Wilkins reckons we will get knocked out, mind you, he reckons Manchester United and Celtic will knocked out too…..
What does he know eh?
That’s it for another day……..