Arsene Wenger says that there’s still plenty of time for Arsenal to bring in new players, but refused to expand on the stories that the club had bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game against Fenerbahce, the manager was repeatedly quizzed about Arsenal’s lack of transfer business, but refused to be drawn despite there being less than 2 weeks of the window remaining.
“Less than 2 weeks is a long time and 75 per cent of things happen in the last ten days,” he said. “I would like to reiterate in the last 16 years we have been very successful with transfers.
“If we do a transfer, we will announce it. We always inform you. As for the rest, you have to leave us to do our own things.”
Asked about Newcastle’s reaction to the rejected Cabaye bid, Wenger said, “There’s nothing to explain. You have your opinions. First of all you don’t know if we did bid, and you come to conclusions without knowing what we did.
“So it’s quite amazing that people don’t know but always have opinions about things they don’t know. I do not explain to you what happened. It’s not down to me to explain every single thing I do. We don’t want to hurt anybody, not Newcastle, not anybody.
“You can’t reproach us on one side for not buying and yet on the other side, when we try to buy, reproach us as well. That is a bit contradictory.”
And the Arsenal manager turned the focus from new players that might never come in to the ones we do have and who are tasked with winning the game tomorrow night.
“If you look at the players who play tomorrow, they are top quality players, and you should never forget that. It is not always to think what is outside is better than what you have.
“What is important as well is to rate what you have and our fans have to understand that as well.”
The fans do understand that these are good players, but also that these are the same players who just about got over the line in 4th and lost to Bradford and Blackburn. The players understand that too.
Still, there’s little we could have done before today anyway, so let’s hope something happens before Fulham.
Although we don’t advise holding your breath.