Arsene Wenger Refuses to Rule out Late Signings

Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to enter into the transfer market has left several Arsenal fans perplexed with only a few days left in the window. The gunners have made only one major signing in the form of Petr Cech from Chelsea. Now first-team players capable of strengthening the outfield have been added, but Wenger has finally opened the possibility of welcoming new signings in the next few days. His decision may come as a reaction for the club’s poor start to the season. The 0-0 draw with Liverpool left Arsenal with just three points from the opening three rounds.

Arsenal will also learn about the Champions League opponents for the group stages. The team has never come close to winning the European title since reaching the final in 2006. Even though winning the Premier League remains a big priority, the team will also have to focus on the European competitions. The club has enjoyed a fair amount of success with their latest deals over the last few years. Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta, and Per Mertesacker are some of the names who came to the Emirates stadium at the last moment. There have also been some spectacular failures like Andrei Arshavin.

Karim Benzema has been spoken of as a potential signing throughout the summer of 2015, but it now looks highly unlikely that the Real Madrid star will come to the club. As ever, Wenger did not disclose the transfer targets that the club are pursuing in these frantic stages. Arsene Wenger said:

“I don’t know because I am always confident that a last-minute situation or solution is available, because the transfer market is especially moving in the last four or five days.

“At the moment, I cannot promise you that. We work very hard… you know I have a team around me who work day and night to find good solutions.

“But at the moment, we are not close to signing anyone. I am 24 hours available per day, so I am involved in the decision of course.”

Wenger has consistently maintained over the last few weeks that his squad is capable of challenging on all four fronts, but this situation will materialise only if the club are lucky in terms of injuries. Even with a fully fit squad, the club are still some way away from achieving the level of consistency required to win games. Even Wenger branded his team’s performance as ‘very average’ in the recent game against Liverpool and it is extremely surprising to hear such explicit comments from the Frenchman, who is usually very protective of his team and his players.

It will say a lot of about the performance of the team, who have to perform exceptionally well in the upcoming game against Newcastle United to earn back the faith of the manager. Newcastle are still waiting for their first league victory under Steve McClaren.