Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that his full attentions are now on the club’s Champions League qualifier against Turkish outfit Fenerbache and has admitted that signing players is his second priority at the moment.
Wenger has come under a lot of scrutiny in recent weeks for not signing anyone of note as of yet in this transfer window, despite the club promising that funds are available.
However, the players and the coaching staff are now fully focused on the side’s Champions League tie in Turkey, which takes place tonight, with the second leg being played at the Emirates Stadium next Tuesday.
The Arsenal boss knows that his side needs strengthening, but he also knows how vital European football is for his club.
“As always, we do what we think is right,” the manager said. “When we think we have the right players, we do it.
“We were for years restricted and we competed with exceptional quality. This year we did not lose any players – we just lost two players with injury – but we will try to strengthen the squad and make the right decisions until the end.
“I repeat many, many times that the transfer window should be over before the season starts because it is a little bit destabilising once the season has started – to be there talking about what is not really important in football.
“What is important in football is to go out [on Wednesday] night and see a good game. All that other stuff is good for the newspapers, but it is not real football. What is real football is the quality of the game and for me that is always the most important thing.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt