Arsene Wenger has hinted that the club’s transfer business is not done yet. Speaking after the 4-0 victory over FC Koln, which featured the club’s three big summer signings, the manager admitted they’re keeping an eye out for good deals before the transfer window closes.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, he said, “We are still looking, and we’ll see. We still have an eye on the market and the two eyes on our team. If a good opportunity turns up we will take it.”
Having already brought in three high profile players – Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski – the boss was pleased at their contributions during the final pre-season game.
“They have done well, they have integrated well, shown great spirit and quality.” he said. “Cazorla a real midfielder with good vision, Giroud a specialist centre-forward, and Podolski is a versatile striker so it gives us a lot of options.”
Podolski scored two against his former club, drawing praise from the manager for his finishing. “He is a great finisher, we see that in training. He’s lethal and doesn’t need many chances to score.”
There is a slight concern from the manager’s point of view that the team aren’t quite 100% physically and he’s hoping for an injury free week as players go away on international duty.
“Mentally we are ready, physically we are not completely there but I believe all the teams we have the same problem. Tactically we are all right, we’ve had a good work out and we have a style of play that everybody knows so it shouldn’t be a big problem. Let’s see how everybody comes back, we have internationals this week, and you always have bad surprises from that.”
And he sent something of a mixed message when asked about the captaincy, saying, “That will decided this week as well. At the moment we rotate a little bit, Vermaelen was assistant last year and van Persie is still here, so at the moment there is no need to choose another captain.”
That might be the most telling ‘at the moment’ and with Wenger refusing to be drawn in any way on van Persie’s future I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.