Arsenal created plenty of chances on Tuesday night but couldn’t convert one of them.
However, criticism of his transfer policy is a little bit ludicrous. Not one striker better than the options already available to us came available during January, none of our rivals did any significant business, so why do people think signings can fix everything?
The summer saw Arsenal make just one senior signing – goalkeeper Petr Čech – and the club was ridiculed for not signing an outfield player. As 2015 came to a close, Arsenal topped the table. Arsenal have problems which run deeper than playing personnel.
“If you knew a world-class striker who could have strengthened our team, you should have told me before the transfer deadline was over,” Arsène Wenger told the media in all his frustration on Tuesday.
Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sánchez, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, and Mesut Özil have scored plenty of goals between them in the past. Presented with Tuesday’s chances on any other night they would almost always convert at least one.
“They do not walk in the street and say ‘please, here is a world-class striker, can you take me?’ They are all at big clubs and are under contract. There were none available,” Wenger explained. Having signed Özil, Alexis and Čech in previous windows it’s clear he would sign someone if they were an upgrade on current options.
“We have Walcott, we have Giroud, we have Özil, we have Alexis, we have Welbeck, who is coming back. If tonight we think a miracle man could have scored the goal for us… I think it’s better we think how can we score the goals with the players we have. We can score goals, we have shown that before.”
People are very quick to attack Wenger, particularly when it comes to transfers, but I’m not sure how they can have any weight to their argument on this one.