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Unfair? Arsene Wenger baffled by Mata transfer; admits no Arsenal transfers in sight

Jan 23, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is more than a little surprised at the reports that Spanish star Juan Mata will be leaving Chelsea for a direct competitor in Manchester United.

Wenger’s also doubting the fairness of the move, as Chelsea’s already faced Manchester United twice and will not have to face Mata (while the move hands the Red Devils a boost ahead of a visit to Wenger’s Gunners on Feb. 12).

Some are reading into the following quotes as his calling for the Premier League to look into its fixture-scheduling in the future, as well as seemingly the role the January window plays in the season?

“United could have sold him last week but it opens at least the dates of this transfer window. Some teams have already played twice against one opponent and some others not and I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody – exactly the same – that should not happen.

“I wouldn’t go as far as that, [Chelsea selling Mata to do damage to rivals]. I just think you would want that everybody is at the same level. I can understand completely what Chelsea are doing, it’s within the rules but maybe the rules should be adapted for fairness.”

Color me a cynic, but is he not saying, “Why do we have to face Juan Mata while Chelsea doesn’t have to worry about him at all?”

Wenger also said Arsenal’s lack of any transfers cooking at this late stage in January coupled with his squad’s health make any new talent coming to the Emirates during the January transfer window unlikely.

“We have Chamberlain back, Bendtner back and I hope next week Arteta and Ramsey back, so I feel overall we have the squad needed. We have Yaya Sanogo coming back into the squad next week as well.

“Overall we have a very strong squad. If something exceptional turns up we will do it but having said that not everybody will strengthen. They buy, but buy does not always mean strengthen.”

So, no Draxler then? Arsenal hosts Coventry City on Friday night for the club’s FA Cup fourth-round tie before visiting Southampton on Tuesday. With suspensions, appointments and injuries, the Saints have plenty of news of their own this morning

  1. urallstupid - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    dumbest complaint ever lol

  2. nogoodusernames - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    It’s unfair if you play an opponent when all of their players are healthy, but another team plays that opponent when a couple of their best players are out injured, or a key player is out on a red card suspension from a previous match.

    It is also unfair if you go out to eat with a friend, you both order the same steak, but your friend’s steak is bigger than yours. It’s also unfair that some people are born into money, while others are born into poverty. Isn’t it pretty universally accepted that life isn’t fair?

    Oh, it’s also unfair that Arsenal gets to play in a larger stadium than almost all other teams, and can make more money and therefore pay more for players than smaller teams, perhaps Arsene will start pushing for a mandated hard salary cap, that all clubs can afford, so that Arsenal won’t have an unfair advantage over other teams.

    • lilgurgi - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Pure gold this one. I couldn’t agree more.

  3. cchuma00 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Stop complaining Arsenal and play the game. Tells me how fragile and unsettled they are on top. Would Chelsea sell a player to help Man Utd beat rivals? If so, then Arsenal is not the only team affected, the likes of Everton, Tottenham Etc also going for the top spot might as well complain..

  4. bellerophon30 - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    The world is just so unfair to Arsene Wenger, my eyes are filled with tears right now.

    I mean c’mon, Chelsea wouldn’t have sold him to Man U if they still had to play them this year (not counting a potential matchup in Champions League), even for the inflated price they got for him. Now Chelsea can either buy in the window, or rest easy that FFP won’t bite them. It was a great move for them either way, and that’s why Wenger doesn’t like it. Because only he can be a genius now (with Sir Alex retired).

  5. ayoungblood79 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Wegner is the biggest crybaby in sports and its only a matter of time before both Manchester City and Chelsea are ahead of Arsenal on the table. I’m hoping that the Spurs get ahead of them as well just to stick it to those silly gooners!

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