Arsene Wenger has made the curious suggestion that the next five games will decide whether Arsenal need to spend money in the coming transfer window, whereas he has previously said that his transfer dealings were going well! Surely it is the state of the team over the whole season which helps you identify the strengths and weaknesses of the squad?
He was asked if the fact that Man City and Chelsea always beat Arsenal to top players by simply out-bidding them, but Wenger doesn’t think that that will affect the Gunners ability to win the Premiership.
“It does not mean you cannot win the title,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. “There are two basic trophies for me that are the sign of the quality of a team; they are the Premier League and the Champions League.
“The Champions League is prestigious and it is half league and half cup. That means that at the end, the team who wins must show real quality.
“All the rest, they are trophies of course and they are important, but they do not really reflect the deep quality of a team. The championship does, and we want to win it.
“Our ambition is intact, to win the championship. It depends on how we finish the season to decide how much we need to buy to have a chance to win the championship next season.”
So if Man City collapse and Arsenal finish second, does that mean that we don’t need to strengthen the team at all?