Just after we defeated Manchester City in the final pre-season friendly, Arsene Wenger gave an interview to the newspapers – John Cross was there and to read a full transcript, read HERE.
Here are few questions and answers which stood out:
Q: Does it annoy you that, even before the season starts, we are talking about a crisis?
AW: It is a bit frustrating. We just beat Man City 3-1, imagine we had lost. What can I do about it? What is important, I can only influence what we do on the football pitch.
Q: It’s all linked to transfers. Everyone judges you on transfers at the moment rather than what you do on the pitch.
AW: Yeah but that’s down to people it’s not down to me. Because if you analyse our players, if you look at the quality of our players, we have good players on the football pitch. Eleven internationals will start tomorrow and we have internationals on the bench. That is for me what counts.
Q: Has this summer been made more difficult because of the fact that the fans are aware of the club’s new financial firepower and therefore that raises their expectations for you to spend?
AW: Of course. The expectation level is high that we bring in big names. It is always strange because for example people praise Dortmund for going to the Champions League final. But the most expensive transfer of Dortmund is not very impressive. We have to be successful on the football pitch, that’s what counts.
Q: Within this football club, is the set-up that you are the guy who has the final say on transfers? Are you the one who has the final say on how much should be spent on a signing? Are you the guy with final say on the fee?
AW (smiling): I have of course a big influence on that.
Q: But going back, is the perception that you are the one who is reluctant to spend while the board want you to spend unfair?
AW: Of course it’s unfair. Why should I resist?
Q: Is there a lack of understanding between you then?
AW: I just defend the idea that you spend the money you have and not the money you don’t have. For years I did that. Today we have more so we can spend more. It’s as simple as that.
Where were those internationals on the bench on Saturday? I saw just two, unless Jenkinson counts.
Is he having a dig at Ivan Gazidis for telling us all that finally, we were about to have a good summer of transfers? Has he actually refused to play ball because he didn’t like us all to know?
Finally, why the heck is the manager of any club allowed to have any say on how much we pay for a player or how much we pay them?
Why would any manager really care about how much we pay for a player or how much we pay him?
His job description should not include that and more to the point, why would he want to be involved it all of that?
Most managers just want to manage, not have all the other stuff thrown their way.
I’m sure that players who are thinking about signing for us would want to meet the man who could become his new manager but not to talk about money or contract issues, all that player wants to know is how he will fit in, how he’ll be played and for how long each week.
The rest is surely agreed before he even considers signing on the dotted line…..
Lastly, if Wenger is truthing when he says he has no reason not to spend the money he now has available, why hasn’t he done so?
He now says that he can’y buy players who would help us on Wednesday, well we all know that but this transfer window opened on the 1st July, FIFTY days ago, not this morning.
He’s had plenty of time…….
That’s it for another day…..