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Wenger sheds responsibility for lack of Arsenal spending

Aug 17, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Following their disappointing loss to Aston Villa at home on Opening Day, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he’s not the one – or at least not the only one – to blame for the Gunners’ failure to purchase any players so far.

“I’m there to buy, if we find them we’ll do it. I’m not the only one working on that. It’s not my money, it’s the money of the club” Wenger told Sky following the defeat.

With the transfer window inching towards its September 2 deadline day, Arsenal haven’t spent a single pound/euro/dollar on any additions.

Some Arsenal fans held scathing signs up as the clock wound down on the Gunners’ defeat at the Emirates, and Wenger was apparently quite angry at the end.

The Frenchman again assured fans in his press conference that the club are working on bringing in new players, saying, “We were on the market before the game and it is the same after the game.”

(MORE: Arsene Wenger hears your transfer market concerns, and he doesn’t care)

Wenger has been hearing the fans’ numerous concerns, even forcing Arsenal’s official website to post an entire story with Wenger assuring fans they’re working on new players.  He told the site that the money is there, but they want to find players that fit.

“Why should I resist (spending)? I just defend the idea that you spend the money you have and not the money you don’t have” Wenger told “For years I did that. Today we have more so we can spend more. It’s as simple as that. Of course I am excited by that prospect but what I want to convince you of is that we are ready to spend the money if we feel that the players makes us a better team tomorrow morning.”


  1. kirielson - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Not buying it, kind of like you.

    There were plenty, plenty of quality players before the Canvani trade, all of which you could have spent money on. Instead, nope you didn’t want to spend until now, which will mean higher prices and even more likely the chance you will not get the players.

    Well, there’s always the winter transfer season.

  2. Brian - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    He could have had the guy who scored two on him today if he’d been willing to spend 25 million about 6 weeks ago, but he wasn’t, and as a Villa fan, I’m happy both he and Tottenham balked. But there’s no one (that’s in the spotlight anyway) else to blame for their lack of spending.

  3. mj2sexay - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Shedding the blame eh? Between this, and the way PSG has started under Blanc, I know it’s early but we may as well get the Arsene to Paris clock started.

  4. haniraheeb - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Wenger is in denial and today’s result was a shot of reality. Unfortunately it might be too late as far as the transfer season because most of the good players that we need are gone. He will still continue to chase ghosts in the form of Suarez and Rooney but will probably end up making panic buys on the last day. Those usually don’t turn well….

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