Just a couple of days after a club director has announced that Arsenal could buy almost any player in the world, manager Arsene Wenger has come out and denied the reports.
Lord Harris was talking about the changed financial scenario and how the club has moved into a position where they can buy any player. Harris was talking about the financial hardships in moving from the Highbury to the Emirates and how Wenger’s transfer budget had to be curtailed.
As per him, the club is now in a much better position and with £200 million in the bank stand a chance to bid for any one. However, Wenger thinks that Lord Harris has exaggerated a little. “He’s gone a bit overboard. It’s not true”
Wenger is one of the most long-serving managers in the entire Premier League. He has been Arsenal manager since 1996. During this time, he guided the club to three Premier League titles and also five FA cup wins.
There was a time in Wenger’s tenure where the trophies have dried up. For nine years, the club went trophy less and there were murmurs everywhere of Wenger’s reign. Wenger brushed them aside and got the club back on track although it was with back-to-back FA Cup titles in 2014 and 2015, and not the Premier League. The domestic title still eludes him and probably is one of the factors that is still driving him to be enthusiastic.
For many years the club was priced out of many deals by competitors leaving supporters frustrated. This was until 2013 when Wenger made a statement by going for Mesut Ozil who cost a club record £42.4 million. He then spent a further £35 million on Alexis Sanchez last summer.
There are reports that the club would be interested in Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema who would not come cheap. With just Oliver Giroud shouldering striker responsibilities, Wenger is looking at options that can give him 20-25 goals a season.
Although Wenger insists that he is looking at every player in his squad to contribute with goals, having a striker of world-class quality will elevate the club. And even though he tries to downpour the expectations, the club is now much more suited to go for record biddings than ever.
May be that’s why the rumour mill is having a field day by linking Benzema, Marco Reus and every striker of the world at record transfer fees. No longer will there be frustrations of being priced out of deals.