Arsene Wenger has once more talked up the qualities of his current squad, and says he’s looking for special players to add to the mix.
Again pressed on potential transfers ahead of the Fenerbahce game, the Arsenal manager said he didn’t have a specific number of players in mind but was still optimistic that deals would be done before the window closes.
“We don’t have a fixed number,” he said. “I am guided by my conscience to do as well as I can for this club and the vision of the gamed I want to play. I feel with the players I have we can play the football we want to play.
“I am a great admirer of the spirit and attitude of these players. They are special and if I want to add something it has to be special. I am still optimistic and I hope I will not disappoint you.”
Of course people will point to transfers that weren’t that special, but to be fair to the manager he’s more or less gotten rid of all those players and the issues people have at the moment are more to do with the lightness of the squad than the players we do have being not good enough.
Wenger refused to be drawn on names, as the likes of Angel di Maria, Benzema and Wayne Rooney were put to him, citing managers throwing their toys out of their prams as other football managers do what football managers do.
“I will not give you any names, because it would be unfair for the players who play at another club,” he said. “It could, as well, create some wrong hopes.
“You could see that many of the disputes you have all over the country is because the coaches or the managers speak about the players.
“In our job, just be discreet and try to make things happen. That’s what we try to do.”
And showing he’s not exactly deaf to criticism, he quipped, “Yes, you can come back to me and say ‘You don’t make things happen!'”
7 days. Come on Arsene, pull a few out of the hat.
Unless they were player sized rabbits. That would be awesome.