Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club won’t be forced into panic buying this summer after their failures in the transfer market back in 2011, where they spent nearly £30million on five players and only two of them stayed at the club.
The Frenchman has been put under a lot of pressure by the Arsenal fans after failing to capture a big-name player as of yet in the summer window despite promising that signings will be made and big-money will be spent.
The Gunners have been linked with moves for Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain, Luiz Gustavo and Stevan Jovetic, but so far, they have failed in all their pursuits for a star-man to lead the side.
French U-21 international Yaya Sanogo is the only man to enter the Emirates Stadium so far this summer whilst a handful of first-team stars have left the club, leaving Wenger with just 17 recognised players.
Back in 2011, after he watched his side get thrased 8-2 by Manchester United, Wenger signed; Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Park Chu Young on deadline day for a combined fee of around £30million.
Two years late, you would only see Arteta and Mertesacker in an Arsenal shirt, but Wenger promises fans, the same won’t happen this year.
Wenger said: ‘The situation is completely different because a couple of seasons ago we lost two or three players in one game and we had no other option than to buy.
‘Look, the transfer market is a worry nowadays and it has always been. With every transfer market I could write a book and a very interesting one.
‘It is a worry I don’t deny that. It is maybe more different nowadays because there are more quality spenders on the market and especially France has come on the market as well and bought at a very high level. It’s a lot more difficult.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt