Arsene Wenger has moved to calm fans after they got a little angry with Ivan Gazidis’s recent comments that indicated there wouldn’t be much more spending this summer.
Speaking to the press, the Arsenal chief exec said, amongst other things, “We’re making progress in what is a fiercely competitive world, against competitors that have the capability to spend far more money than we do.
“We’re doing it by being disciplined; spending money where we believe it makes a difference but also giving young players a chance.”
After the 1-1 draw against Lens in their first pre-season game on Friday night, Wenger, however, claimed the club would spend ‘big money’ – but only, if the ‘right candidate’ is found.
“I am sure that my chief executive didn’t want to dampen the expectations on that front,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“We are very active. If we find the right candidates then we will spend the big money. We have already spent big, Until now, nobody has spent more on a transfer than we have in this country. Even if Pogba might fly from Italy to England today, I don’t know… Overall we have made a big investment already but we are active.
“I wouldn’t like to come out on names because if you don’t get them afterwards, people ask why. We are active, very active every day and it’s not over. Today we are on July 22 and the transfer market finishes on August 31. You know that a lot happens in the last week, so it’s a long time to go, but we are active and we are working.”
The list of names that Arsenal have been linked with is long but it seems very much like we will be waiting, once again, until the last days of the transfer window if we get any more reinforcements. If you have any clue why he mentioned Paul Pogba, who Arsenal aren’t known to be seriously interested in, then drop us a tweet because I’m stumped.
The end of the window comes two weeks after the season starts. By that point, Arsenal will already have played Liverpool, Leicester and Watford.