Arsene Wenger was pressed on transfers after Arsenal’s win this evening after a day in which the club were ludicrously linked with Serbian beanpole Nikola Zigic.
Asked about the eastern-European Peter Crouch he said, “No!”, the same answer he gave to a question about Danny Welbeck’s potential arrival.
However, he didn’t rule out more arrivals, even if he did try and play down the demand for a new striker.
“If you want to make everyone happy, you just always buy players,” he said.
“But what is important is the performance on the football pitch and the solidarity we have shown tonight. Having said that, if you look at the players we have on the bench and those who are injured, we have players.
“I believe you cannot every time buy when a player is injured, but we are open for any position as long as we feel that the player can strengthen the squad.
“Buy to buy, I don’t see the purpose of that. If we find the players who we feel can give something to our squad, we will do it in any position. We are open but it has to be enough to buy. It has to make sense.”
Would a striker make sense? Yes. Would a centre-half make sense? Yes, it would make all the sense. Would a defensive midfielder make sense? Indeed it would.
But then maybe our sense and Arsene’s sense are very different. But hopefully not so different that it’s the kind of sense that sees a creepy little boy see a dead Bruce Willis who doesn’t know he’s dead.
That’s the main thing.