Wenger reacts to Henry transfer claims

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Arsene Wenger has reacted to Thierry Henry’s suggestion that big players may not want to join Arsenal.

Speaking on Sky Sports last weekend, in the aftermath of the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, the club’s record scorer said, “The thing I don’t understand is, we’ve been told that Arsenal are wealthy, that we have money, that we can compete against anyone in the market.

“But when the season starts, we can’t compete in the market. So which one is it? I just don’t understand.

“Are Arsenal still the first choice in England? If a big player becomes available on the market, first of all, can you compete? Can you put the money on the table?

“That’s something we all need to take into consideration. So are we still the first choice in England? I don’t think so.”

But speaking today at his press conference, Wenger played down the suggestion and said there are lots of players out there who want to come to the club.

“I don’t feel that, no,” he said. “We have plenty of players who want to join us. I would say even all the players who left, 99.5 percent of players have asked to come back even when they left.

“He’s one of them! So I don’t think there’s a problem to attract players.”

Here’s a little thing for you now. Watch the video below. Now, whenever anyone says ‘lots of X’, where X = something, like ‘Lots of players’ or ‘Lots of transfers’ (haha etc), try not to use the last line immediately afterwards.

You’re welcome!

https://youtu.be/wgjuZYvqprY

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Olawale Olayemi
Olawale Olayemi

I wonder what the relationship between Wenger and Henry is really like these days. They rarely ever say the same things

Mr. G
Mr. G

Henry knows Arsenal have cash to splash and that there are plenty of players around who can improve this squad. We have to spend big because we’re an English club, but we can afford to do so.

Wenger has become so arrogant he ignores pretty much all of that and believes he has a squad that can win the title, and after spending big on one player he will only add more to the squad if he can get a player for a price he feels is right (in other words, what they would have been worth in 2008).

Sounak
Sounak

It’s same story between every Arsenal fan in the World with Arsene.

Jozzer
Jozzer

You are wrong Sounak, not “every” Arsenal fan, just the vocal and verbose minority.

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

So all in all you’re happy with Wenger’s transfer policy??

Cracked
Cracked

Yeah. It’s really not that bad. Mustafi isn’t any better than our first choice centre backs. Sure he’s better than our backups, but if you think paying 30 million or whatever it is for a guy to come and cover for a couple of weeks than you’re in dreamland. Same goes about the strikers on the market.

There’s lots of short term possibilities on the market, but no significant upgrades on what we have. The only player who moved this summer who could have upgraded our forward line would have been Higuain, and he went for £75m. And just imagine the reaction here if we paid £75m for an overweight 29 year old striker.

I think mustafi and lacazette would make great squad players, but can we justify spending nearly 80m on a couple of squad players??? No you spend that sort of money on players you build a team around.

If we’re looking for short term fixed I’d much rather give the likes of Toral and Akpom a run out than spend 80m on a couple of players who might be decent but are hardly world beaters.

Gooner4life
Gooner4life

At last a person who thinks with his head and has an IQ more than zero, if been saying the exact same thing all summer “like what happens when Welbeck is back , his only out for most of the season not all his career “.

Too many people get fifa confused with real life and have no idea of how hard it is to keep a squad of real life players all happy.

What quality player is going to come in and only want to be a second choice when everyone is back because there any better defenders out there available better than Kosh and won’t replace our new skipper ?

Also we’ve only list the first game ( narrowly) there’s still 37 games to go and once the rested duo are back we’ll be right up there.

So get behind the team and be the 12th man let’s all do our part to help win the league.

COYG

Invincible04
Invincible04

You’re absolutely right. People are delusional. Look what happened with TV5, we sign a centre back to cover, we get a good partnership going in Kosc and Per which keeps TV out of the first team, he gets the hump and wants to go to Barca.

It’s not as simple as signing super stars willy nilly. You have to be responsible and you have to think about the team dynamic.

Wenger is right. I’m sick of these plastic fans booing and carrying on like we are entitled to the premiership. Support the team and create an atmosphere that boosts morale and makes the players want to play for the fans not in spite of them.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Fifa is more real than you think sometimes. Debuchy moans from being on the bench there too.

Steinn
Steinn

If you really think Mustafi is not any better than Gabriel then I’m simply speechless. Now I love your faith in our team but Mustafi would massively improve our starting line-up.

Cracked
Cracked

Gabriel isn’t first choice. He’s 3rd choice. I’m happy with Mustafi joining us, but he’s a short term fix for Mertessacker’s injury. You don’t pay 30m plus 3-4 years of wages for a short term fix. Come on. And if it doesn’t work out no one will take him off us. No resale value whatsoever, only marginally better than Gabriel, it makes no sense. Personally if we were going for a short term fix I would have been happy with Ashley Williams, but you know his price tag would have tripled if we had bid for him.

At this rate, f it, get value in the market if you can, if you can’t give youth a chance.

Blitz Bailey
Blitz Bailey

Allthough i agree Mustafi has been abit overhyped considering Valencia finished 12th last season with Mustafi a integral part of their defence, I still consider Mustafi a decent upgrade on Mertesacker and the natural first choice alongside Koscielny if he was to join. Per being the captain dont mean anything when you consider Vermaelen and Arteta was captain. It does not give you a get in the team free card.

24 year old international player in this market will cost you 30mill more often than not unless there is a clause or their on the last year of their contract etc. And what is with fans worrying so much about Kroenkes money? Imo we should have done what United did with Pogba and bid 100+ mill for Lewandowski and shown some balls. Winners are not afraid to take risks and i would rather we spend the whole fucking cash reserve on some serious top shelf players and really go for it rather than just remain stuck in status quo.

Paralyzed by fear of what ifs, much more comfortable to just play it safe and dont get overly ambitious and just do what we allways do, because what if we fail? Imo it is better to have tried and failed than to never try at all. We would need to burn through a shit ton of money before the bank would start telling us to calm down and mind the debt. Real Madrid have 800mill in debt, United 600mill, Barcelona 550mill we have 250ish mill, but we also have as much cash reserves as we have debt.

Gervinho is Driving
Gervinho is Driving

I agree on the CB situation. Only reason to spend big on a first-team ready CB is if you think (1) BFG’s age and body mean his career is winding down, and (2) Gabriel, fit, isn’t up to making the position his own. I think (1) is likely true. On (2), we’ll see. Certainly Gabriel is not so bad that we have to act drastically in this window.

On attack, however, we have seen enough to know that we need more goals. That’s not an indictment of Giroud. In fact, where we’re missing goals is from No. 10 and the right. Özil doesn’t carry enough goal threat himself (this would bear examining as a factor in the conversion of the chances he creates for others, in fact) and the right forward spot has been a revolving door of mediocracy for years. Unlike CB, the passage of a month or two will not improve our options on the right. We’ve tried all the pieces there and no one has come to own it. That’s where to put £50 million right now. Or rather, that’s where to put it back in May.

The Jinsta
The Jinsta

Where I follow Arsene’s reasoning is that if we buy an expensive player, and he ends up being the wrong fit for us, it has become almost impossible to replace this player since not only is he too expensive but his wages are a barrier for most clubs.

think Walcott, who is ready to pay his 150,000 sterling a week?

Gooner
Gooner

I guess you found the way he handled Suarez and higuain earlier sensible too. He spent 35mil on a mid fielder when we so many mid fielders but isn’t willing to go up by 5 mil for the much needed defender

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter

Griezmann is available… £85m. Make him an offer he can’t refuse. If you think that is a lot of money, since 2011 we have spent almost £300m, and from that around £110million on players we have barely used or sold on. The point is obvious. Rather than spending 10-15m on potentials, most of whom turn out to be average, such as Theo or Ox or Ramsey, why not spend that money on a truly marquee signing? 85m on Griezmann or Lewandowski… just pay the fee and get what we need to complete the puzzle,rather thanring 5or 6experiments that mostly yield little fruit

rohit
rohit

It’s not only about this one season, but, is it? We have been in need of a forward for good 3 seasons now. Let’s see what happened in some of the other clubs in those 3 seasons – Lewy moved to munich, dortumnd bought and sold immobile and then bought Auba, Costa moved to chelshit and atletico bought Griezmann, Suarez moved to barca, neymar moved to barca, Higuian moved to napoli and then to juventas, Zlatan moved to utd, Icardi moved to inter, Dybala moved to juventas, Schurrle moved to dortmund.
When the other clubs are so easily acquiring top talent in forward line, then why are we the only one saying repeatedly that there is no talent in the market? We simply don’t behave like a top club; that’s it. If dortmund can take risk in the market, a club far less richer and far more successful in recent times, then why can’t we?

Jozzer
Jozzer

Not “all” but mostly content. I’d rather he was in charge than anyone else who is realistically available. I respect him and value what he has achieved in transforming my club. I also don’t assume to know all the facts, I suspect Gazidis is more culpable than what’s reported.

Conversely I have no interest in quick fix solutions to satisfy Arsenal’s impatient and vocal online following. The majority of real fans support Arsene, as proven by the muted protests at the Emirates last year.

Genuine supporters adhere to the adage ‘you only have one Mother and one club’, opportunistic followers have an online hissy fit and threaten to leave. Perhaps that’s also how they react when Mum doesn’t buy them overpriced and sub-standard ice-cream.

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter

You’re not the Guv’nor from thegoonertalk are you?

Anyone who says Wenger has no money to spend, since 2011he has spent £300m minus change. What do we really have to show for it? 2FA cups? We like to make fun of Manchester United for spending money on flops, but from that 300m, we only really have Cech, Özil and Sanchez whom we can call world class.. That’s around 87.5m worth of signings. What about the rest of the 200m plus? That’s not even taking into account the huge wage bill. Economical my ass. Wenger in fact has wasted far more than most of the top clubs.

He needs to pay the going rate for top players…simple as. 85or90m for Lewandowski. Job done

hillbilly bob
hillbilly bob

You’re right, mate. not every arsenal fan, the the ones with sensible thoughts

DontForget
DontForget

I’m as big of an Arsene Wenger fan as there is in the world, but objectively, this transfer window has been an abject failure.

Bobby P
Bobby P

I feel the same

adriano
adriano

Not me. I with Arsene all the way.

DB10
DB10

You see smart, mature and professional people don’t let difference in opinions affect their relationships.

Reality Check
Reality Check

If articles were rated like comments this one would get zero thumbs down.
Henry just said what’s on every fan’s mind and shame on wenger for low balling him by getting personal. If you want to prove a point do it on the pitch or in this case, in the transfer window not by putting a spin on it by bringing up ex players who were sold mostly for not being very useful in the first place.

Jack's little finger

The beauty of life is that things always change. That is life. Change will come at Arsenal both at boardroom level and on the technical bench one day.

It sucks that we are where we are at the moment but Ill support the club until the change we all so badly need comes.

COYG!!

Russ
Russ

Agree with you, every game is one nearer him leaving

Seaver
Seaver

Yeah, but, new is new.

Goontang
Goontang

Just spend some fucking money already. Its been a long time since the granit xhaka announcement and the last time we geniunely had something to get excited about. Just give us something man.

sanku
sanku

how about a fourth place trophy

Fabulous
Fabulous

And also the customary run in the CL where we will persevere to f*ck the group stage up so we can meet Barca or Bayern in the round of 16.

Gooner4life
Gooner4life

The only reason Xkaka was signed early and Winger came out and said we can compete with anybody in the transfer market is because ——–

Season tickets went on SALE !!!!

Not that hard to work out really and once they are all sold look what’s happened !

Taken for MUGS Lmfao

midgunner
midgunner

Do you not know there’s a massive waiting list for season tickets?

NorthernGoon
NorthernGoon

there might be but it doesn’t mean they’ll buy. We’ve done it for several years now, we’ll either buy or Gazidis will spout some utter shit about us buying just at the right time… and then promptly do fuck all.

Cracked
Cracked

See this is the problem. We spend 30m on a new player, play him for half an hour in one competitive game, and were already bored and looking for our next transfer fix.

Modern football!

Sigh….

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

Agree with @Cracked. Apparently the reason “fans” want to buy is so that we “geniunely had something to get excited about”. What rubbish!

The reason for buying new players is to improve the squad, and at the sort of prices we seem to be talking about, not just for a couple of months, either. Get real.

Smeirf
Smeirf

Wenger’s a dinosaur, as said it may be – This guy isn’t relevant for a decade.

Le Jim
Le Jim

What the fuck’s a Lommy?

'Murica
'Murica

That’s literally the first thing I thought of when I saw that video posted

Fletcher
Fletcher

Henry who…?

Gooner
Gooner

The best Premier league striker.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

What kind of clown makes a comment like “Henry who” further more where the hell have the halfwits who thumbed up the comment come from….

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

I did. Just to annoy you. Here’s another one, Henry who- jumped ship when the club needed him most.

Andy
Andy

I think Henry can speak as a fan now, and that’s the difference. He isn’t employed by the club, so essentially he is like the rest of us. He has the same questions we do, like, why the fuck haven’t we bought the players we have needed for over two years now?

Jeremy O Dwyer
Jeremy O Dwyer

‘Are Arsenal still the first choice in England?’

Seriously? Like is that honestly a question he needs answered?

I love Arsenal, I think Arsenal is the best team in England, but whatever Arsenal can do to try to win championships, there are 3 other teams that can always do more. As a destination, unless you’re a fan, Arsenal are the 4th choice club you would go to if you want to win titles in England. I don’t say that as a dig at the club or as an excuse.That’s just a fact. I say that because United, Chelsea and City can afford more wages, more transfer fees and more risks. That’s just the way things are. You can think that Arsenal should do more, and still be able to acknowledge that.

Even if he’s referring back to the glory days when he was part of the team,I think that, as much as I hate them, United were still the bigger draw.

To be asking if Arsenal are the No.1 destination in England these days, even half seriously, makes him look, to me at least, a bit stupid.

Or maybe he’s just doing his job of throwing out easy soundbites and theories to create discussion or controversy.

I honestly love Arsene’s response though.

“We have plenty of players who want to join us. I would say even all the players who left, 99.5 percent of players have asked to come back even when they left. He’s one of them! So I don’t think there’s a problem to attract players.”

Whether you’re disappointed or angry with Arsene at the moment you gotta admit that’s a pretty decent, and pretty funny, comeback.

Baldy
Baldy

If I was the club’s top scorer of all time I’d want to go back just to show Theo where the fuck the goal is. I’d even do it for free.

btw
btw

This whole wages thing is such bullshit but gets repeated ad nauseum
http://sillyseason.com/football/premier-league-player-salaries-20-clubs-wage-bills-69064/

2015 wage bills
Chelsea 216m
United 203m
City 194m
Arsenal 192m

There is a maximum 10%, ok maybe 15% difference in the total wage bills.
I don’t understand why Arsene does not sell some of these players who fail to come good year after year and invest in some new talent, we will do the same things this year because we are the same team managed by the same flawed manager

Chinaman
Chinaman

Wenger persists with players he believes will come good. Sometimes his beliefs get us an Henry, sometimes a Bendtner. There’s nothing wrong with doing that. The only beef I have is that he doesn’t always pay over the odds for genuinely top talent. Not Lacazette or Mustafi level stuff but top top talent. Higuain moving to Napoli was a prime example of this.

Cheeze
Cheeze

Chelsea and city can afford more wages? Last time I checked arsenal had the bigger spending power. Chelsea and city can’t rely on their sugar daddies anymore in the transfer market. Sure they can build better bigger stadiums and improve their facilities. But FFP have restricted them in overspending on transfers and wages. The reason we are 4th choice is the fact that out of the top 4 we are the only one that haven’t won a domestic league title in donkey years.

Indiano
Indiano

This is just getting to embarrassing. I don’t feel any desire or excitement about watching the game this weekend, none whatsoever.

kolokolo
kolokolo

Henry and others who have created a bound with the club want to come. Okay. But what about if a player has a choice between working with Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Pochettino, Conte or Wenger? In that particular case, I’m afraid that 99,5% would decide to join every team but Arsenal. That’s HIS responsibility !

Jeremy O Dwyer
Jeremy O Dwyer

I can understand being disappointed or angry at our manager but do you really believe that 99.5% of players would prefer to play under either Klopp or Pochitino at Liverpool and Spurs than under Arsene at Arsenal?

I could understand the others, for financial and title winning chances reasons but those two?

Anteneh
Anteneh

Mind you he came back because he was too old and he loved the club. Also he didn’t leave Barca to come to AFC.

Lizzie
Lizzie

For that matter, could add Koeman to that list.

If I were a player, and I’m not, but the manager was the deciding factor, yes, Guardiola would be 1st choice. But Wenger would be 2nd. Mourinho might win more in the short term but he’s nuts. I guess it’s a personal preference: do you want the trophy more than you mind putting up with that? Some obviously do. I can’t believe he hasn’t burned some bridges with some players.

Fletcher
Fletcher

“He is one of them”….slam dunked him.

The Wizard of Oz(il)
The Wizard of Oz(il)

Yeah, I saw how Pogba tried to push the transfer to Arsenal, to bad he wasn’t up to our standards… Those “top class” players Vardy and Mahrez also… Hope someone answers to that e-mail Messi sent month ago…

Andre Santos: Talent Scout
Andre Santos: Talent Scout

He said the players who have left Arsenal expressed a desire to come back. The Nasri’s, Fabregas’ and RVP’s of this world.

Pretty sure he wasn’t suggesting that Messi has been begging us for months to take him away from Barcelona.

Steinn
Steinn

The agent of Johnny Evans called and wanted his client to come to Arsenal, so I guess that means all the top players want to join us.

Bertieme
Bertieme

It is a non story. A lot of big players want to come to Arsenal. But these players have no say over transfer prices. Arsene doesn’t want to pay the big money that clubs now want …

fatCheque
fatCheque

/Players want – another overlooked factor.

ramgooner
ramgooner

Well said. Paying over the odds means destroying all the work he has done over the years. People forget that of all the teams Leicester won the league last year. Now since pogba signed for United and pep is at City the Leicester league win is history and is a one off. Things change quickly these days and wenger is not willing to give up his core values. He is constantly provoked by hypocrites and glory hunters. He is a wise man and I will always admire him. We will appreciate him more when he leaves. If not us then certainly the next manager will and that is enough credit for a man in his job.

Anteneh
Anteneh

if Wenger can just shut up and not buy anyone else i think i might feel better.

ChrisGoona
ChrisGoona

He won’t shut up as he is constantly nagged about transfers. None of the journos are even interested in the Liverpool defeat, transfer gossip is all they want!

snowyc
snowyc

Which arsenal fan wants to hear more about the defeat to pool? Even for neutrals, it is already a week old & frankly, the majority of people attribute the defeat to ineptitude in the transfer market so how are the journalists the issue?

naijagunner
naijagunner

Just watched wenger’s press conference and my inferences. I really hate wenger right now, so much, but why do i still have that feeling that he doesn’t like to buy players who he feels are average for a huge amount of money…
we didn’t hear arsenal played hard ball on ozil or sanchez’s deals…i feel if ozil was going for 60 -70 m this season he would still buy him
if he’s not convinced of the talent of the player, he most times opts no to buy
and if he’s signing an average player, it doesn’t go more than 10 million,but the problem now for him is that even the average players are now going for 30million..
One can easily say that we concern ourselves too much about how much we sign players but would you guys like arsenal just spend 60million on say lacazette(I’ve not watched him play, i hear is just aii) who you know wouldn’t give you more than what lets say a fit welbeck would
he said something that you have to be convinced by the quality of the player before you “pay over the odds” and that clubs have spent(think he was referring to city) huge amount of money on centre backs who are average

Still, that’s why it’s his job not mine, as much as i understand wenger, i don’t care, i’m a fan..i want my club to be the best it can be but i don’t think we are trying to at the moment..
I’m running round circles with this one guys 🙁

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Neither Lacazette nor Benzema made the French team in the Euros on which our current striker was number one choice. I don’t personally get why we should pay over the odds for players who really aren’t very good.
Thomas Muller now, I’d cough up for him, or Robert Lewandowski, but I have to confess that I am in agreement with Wenger – otherwise we end up with another Chamakh or two on our hands.
Where we differ however, is in giving all the other Prem teams a head start of a match or two because our players are ‘tired’. Our training regimen needs to change if we can’t manage a couple of games in the summer, and report back at the end of July, like everyone else does. That includes OG, MO, LK and anyone else.
Those 3 points we gave away so cheaply last weekend are now safely in Liverpool’s points tally for the season, and will count towards theuir end of season total just as much as a win against Man U or Chelsea mid season will. They are worth exactly the same.

PFo
PFo

Dear everyone, PLEASE STOP POINTING OUT THAT LACAZETTE DIDN’T MAKE THE FRENCH EURO SQUAD SO THEREFORE CAN’T BE ANY GOOD!!!!!! (Benzema didn’t make the squad for entirely non-footballing reasons, so we can set that one aside.) Aside from this claim being about the least original point made on an Arsenal blog this summer (I must have read it 50 times in the last 2 months), it also happens to be idiotic. This shouldn’t need saying (again), but here goes: making or failing to make an international squad for a summer tournament tells us approximately fuck all about that player’s quality. International managers make mistakes, have personal favorites, have certain ways they want their teams to set up, have personal beef against certain players, worry about team chemistry, and sometimes are just morons/dicks. Personally I think Deschamps is a bit of a fool, as some of his personnel decisions suggest. No one can really claim that Gignac is better than Lacazette with a straight face, yet Deschamps picked Gignac. Ergo, no one can use the fact that Lacazette didn’t make the squad and Giroud was the starter as proof that Lacazette isn’t as good as Giroud. Personally, I think that anyone with eyes to see can tell that Lacazette is better than Giroud, or at least better at a lot of the things (finishing, pace, mobility, dribbling) that we could use in a centre forward (they are, at any rate, completely different types of players, so having both would be useful).

Chinaman
Chinaman

So anyone with eyes can confirm Lacazette is better than Giroud except for the Arsenal scouts, manager & France national team coach. Now that statement doesn’t say much about your judgement does it??

Trez
Trez

Deschamps picked Gignac due to having worked with him at club level and because hes a target man like Giroud.
Now if you said Lacazette was dropped for Griezmann, then fine. Lacazette is a better finisher and goal scorer than Giroud. Anyone who says otherwise is just being Crazy.

PFo
PFo

Or maybe Deschamps wanted a target man. I’m not clear on how you know that Arsenal’s scouts and manager think Giroud is better than Lacazette. Had a conversation with them about it? Or is it because one of them has been bought by Arsenal and the other hasn’t. By parity of reasoning, we could then conclude that the Arsenal scouts and manager must think Giroud is better than Messi too, no? In fact, given that Arsenal put in a bid for Lacazette this summer despite having Giroud on the books, I’d say that’s decent indication that they think the former is at least as good as the latter, and/or provides something that Giroud doesn’t (which is basically what I said in my original post).

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

I will still go with the Arsenal and French management teams over…you. Neither Lacazette nor Benzema (who didn’t make the team because he is not good enough, whatever HE might say – if he was good enough he would most certainly have been there, and we all know it) will be an improvement on what we already have. Buying either will just be a waste of money to appease the shout-y brigade. Wenger is sometimes still correct, unfashionable and all as it is to say so.

So I say try Muller or Lewandowski, and pay whatever it takes, by all means. This is still Arsenal Football Club, still among the best clubs in Europe. Only the very best is good enough.

But Benzema and/or Lacazette? Really? They are demonstrably not at the level we aspire to or indeed require.

Trez
Trez

Benzema is way better than Giroud. Only a fool would argue this in 2016. Faster, WAY more skillful, WAY more technically gifted, more versatile and of course a better finisher. Oh and I forgot FAR FAR FAR more creative. Benzema does what Giroud does and much more.

swissgooner
swissgooner

he’s just scored a proper hattrick on the opening game of the season …

swissgooner
swissgooner

… lacazette, i meant 🙂

Arteta's Silky Bush
Arteta's Silky Bush

Oh good, we can attract old players that have left… just not new ones to improve the team.

vino
vino

Watching the press-conference, he was quite relaxed today. He wasn’t defensive about lack of transfer activity really, and the questions didn’t seem to agitate him like I was expecting.

The main theme was inflated prices for English clubs, which he talked about repeatedly. Which is basically a tacit admission that we don’t want to pay what we are being quoted. So, he has a choice it seems. Pay in Euros, or pay in extreme criticism and possibly even the loss of his job at the end of the season. This time, failure to invest will be the end in my opinion, he’ll know it’s time come June.

To be honest, even spending probably won’t save him. Really feels like he needs to win the league to keep the job, I know people don’t believe he’ll ever step down but I think he will. Maybe he knows that whatever he does, spend or not, it won’t be enough. Maybe we really can’t compete. Why waste £100m+ to finish slightly higher but still short. Let the next guy use the funds, he’ll need them that’s for sure.

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

I think he’s got a guaranteed contract extension if he finishes in the top 4. The board don’t give a s**t about fans. I reckon the only way to “listen” is when the stadium is empty. As long as the money keep coming in, nothing will change…

vino
vino

The board definitely want him to stay, nobody think’s otherwise. It’s not up to them though. I don’t think Wenger believes top 4 is good enough now. In the past it was, and that was realistic. Now the targets have changed, I think he knows that. If you think he’d stay after another poor season at the end of which his contract is up- I think you’re doing him a disservice.

I hope he wins it, but he needs to help himself.

mo974
mo974

Let’s give some respect to Arsene even if we are frustrated by the lack of actions in the transfert market. There is a feeling that it’s his last year.Henry has chose sky money over working through the ranks at the club so Arsene could have hand over him! So my modest guess is that the relationship is cold now. Henry is playing a dangerous game if his real ambition is to manage The Arsenal in the long term.We all know Arsene will do a Ferguson and decide who is going to take over. And it won’t be Henry.

It'sStevenBouldTheBigDefender
It'sStevenBouldTheBigDefender

My favourite quite ever from Game of Thrones… blogger you’ll be proud to know that I used this line at work, everyone laughed. I was fired.

Espen
Espen

Imo, i think our spending is done. Will Wenger buy? I seriously wont think so.

emmanuel ndiokwere
emmanuel ndiokwere

I think Henry may be right in this case. I’ve personally wondered if arsenal have not lost the attraction for top players. Wenger to me is a hypocrite and a liar and so will not admit this fact publicly. If players like Holding and Takuno would jump at the chance to join Arsenal, what about Higuain, Jamie Vardy, Lacazette, Griezmann and the likes. It has to do with how Arsene Wenger has succeeded in downgraded the Arsenal with his penny pinching attitude to player transfers.

Haji
Haji

The football of today. Some of arsenal players are not realy fit to be there for sure. And yge trophy will be forth position every year. Arsenal is a big club, to have Giroud as a first striker is shame. Henrys idea is realy. Top player will not come to arsenal because of salary and not competative team. Even Ozil and Sanchez will leave the club. I think the quality of arsenal as a team. Should be of Everton, stoke but not big club like arsenal

Ayub
Ayub

Does Arsene still have a supporter except Stan his arrogance is not good for the future of Arsenal the greatest club the world has ever seen I must add. Just put the money where your mouth is Arsene the market has changed and must change or drift to mediocre. God how it hurts losing to Liverpool in the manner that we did. Leister God help us.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Players who left asked to come back when they are 34 years old.

Stigga
Stigga

Like Febregas, Flamini, nasri.

GunnerDareMACEDONIA
GunnerDareMACEDONIA

well fabregas was 27 if ‘m correct and he begged to come back, ended up at chelashit because wenger was right to snub him as we have the best play-maker in the world which we wouldn’t have if the snake stayed at the club so I’m happy. Also I’m sure hleb after one year at barca wanted immediately to come back same as song.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Other than Fabregas, the other players you referred to are top top players, aren’t they? Wenger himself said Fabregas had agreement with Chelsea way before. That’s why Arsenal didn’t bother.

femi Jacob
femi Jacob

All other clubs buy players to tell the players in that position that he step up his game but Wenger will be waiting for the one coming from injuries as new one

Stigga
Stigga

Henry is just doing his work as SKY pundit who gets a hell of a salary.

We will definitely sign 2 players and Arsenal and ARSENE do have majority support.

Not a few hundred poster boys

Rob Fuller

Other clubs are inflating their prices because they know we need players but when it comes to transfer-deadline day itself, these clubs that have want-away players and need the money (Valencia) will have to come to an agreement. It’s called haggling, negotiation.

Our spending policy differs greatly from that of ManU Chelsea and City in that they don’t actually have a policy as such, it’s just a case of whatever it costs, is what they pay, and they can do that with sugar daddy owners and billions in sponsorship deals with every corporation under the sun. Our policy is still built upon our earnings, self-sufficiency and if we want a few players, even though we have large cash reserves, we first have to reduce the squad numbers (Wenger has already stated we have too many to add to), then on principle we negotiate, we haggle for the best deal based on a player’s current value, performances, age, fitness record and sell on value. ManU could blast £100m on a player who gets knackered within a year, sell him for £30m, taking a huge loss and they wouldn’t bat an eyelid.

As much as I’d love to see all transfers done early, because of the nature of being held to ransom and due to the fucked up transfer window timeline (it should be closed the day before OUR season starts) I think it’s just gonna be a case of doing everything in the last 24-48 hours. There will be some loans out, perhaps even a sale or two to free up squad places, then we’ll see some signings that probably have not even been mentioned in the media so far – surprises like the Özil one before (I certainly didn’t see that coming) – but I’m 100% confident we will see new players coming in. We just need to manage the next few games as best we can with the players we have, which shouldn’t be an issue.

ac
ac

Di Maria is a prime example. A British record fee, then effectively forgotten within 12 months.

TexasGooner6

Ferguson blew a lot of transfers. BUT he kept trying. United had enough infrastructure to overcome a Bebe or even Anderson type purchase. Wenger has never been able to do that. He feels he has to “win” every transfer. That hesitation is what has cost us, over and over again. So this leads me to believe the club needs a player personnel director. Someone who can overrule the manager. This person was David Dein. Truly believe if he was still at the club that we would have purchased C. Ronaldo, and many more players who would have kept us at the elite level. Sanogo, Gervinho, Squillaci, etc… We won those transfers but the club lost because of them.

Robstar
Robstar

It seems our policy is to wait for the big spending clubs to do their business then take the players that are surplus to requirements at that big spending club. Look at Sanchez, Ozil and to an extent Cech, these have not been bad signing but maybe we should be pushing more and not waiting for our turn in the transfer chain.

Also, Emiliano Martinez puts a picture of an Arsenal BBQ at the training ground on Twitter. First comment underneath? “Stop having a free lunch and sign some fucking players.” Who would want to sign for us with this constant online abuse I see of players.

Anthony Payne
Anthony Payne

Of the so called 99.5 per cent of ex players that allegedly wanted to come back under Wenger’s watch (Martin Keown returned under George Graham’s) only Nickolas Anelka was still a top player and even then we let Avram Grant’s Chelsea get in there before us .Neither Henry, Sol nor Flamini were still top players when they came back , so Wenger’s ” he’s one of them” point is moot.

Tungu
Tungu

Don’t forget about cesc

Anthony Payne
Anthony Payne

About that. Even if we didn’t want Cesc we could have cashed in on reselling him like Real plan to do with Morata. Personally I think he was good enough to walk straight back into the team.

Big man
Big man

Wen Alex Ferguson left untied they got moyes …… who u think we get?

Dom

I just cut off my dick reading this

Chigbo
Chigbo

Thierry Henry was spot on. Problem is that the whole world is wrong about Arsenal’s lack of ambition but Arsene Wenger, Kronke and Gozidis. It has since been proven that Arsene Wenger and Stan Kronke will be the worst thing to happen to Arsenal in modern era. Arsenal is no longer likely to be a permanent fixture in Champions League. I really don’t see Sanchez and Ozil renewing their contracts. This club is dangerously going in the wrong direction with these three men at the helm. The three main dramatic personae (Wenger, Kronke and Gozidis) are not your modern day ambitious football administrators we must accept. We need new blood. I’m spending dawm too much money on blood pressure medication watching Arsenal play

snowyc
snowyc

I’m curious, what made you support Arsenal in the first place?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I don’t get the impression that players don’t want to come, more that we just make no attempt to buy them.

We must still be a huge draw, and if we got our shit together a bit we would be even more.

There aren’t many teams with more cash and/or more prestige than us. They only have so many slots in the first team.

Some seem to be attracted by our style of play. Alexis cited this as a reason for signing.

ChrisGoona
ChrisGoona

Arsenal can get any player we really go for. The likes of Lewondowski would not think twice if we put in a competitive offer and they were available.

This is largely down to Wenger and the Arsenal style/brand he has developed. Those that try to deny that are lying to themselves. It is imperative our next manager fits that philosophy so we can continue to compete at the top.

Gunner1
Gunner1

Anyone noticed how towards the end of the conference, Wenger said that “every transfer has a rhythm that you are not the only one to decide on”.

Seems like a big hint that the people above him (board/Kroenke) have got a huge say in how much we spend and probably wouldn’t sanction spending over the odds more than once or twice.

He also said “it’s not my money”… another hint that his hands are quite tied… as I’ve suspected for quite a while now.

Simon
Simon

So long as we sign Griezmann and Draxler I’m still a Wenger supporter.

santori
santori

Henry risk becoming yet another shallow pundit who has not travelled the path or got any prerequisite experience in management or transfer business to shoot his mouth and opine sweet nothings.

Granit is not exactly a small signing.

Nor has Ozil, Alexis, Santi or Cech.

I think Arsenal should not and cannot compete at price point to some other clubs willing to over spend.

So the leverage has to also be exerted on the player’s own motivation to come to Arsenal.

Much of the players that come over to us I feel have motivation to improve themselves.

Some feel they have gone down the wrong path joining a high profile club too early and been suffocated or not given sufficient confidence. Ozil at Real and Alexis at Barca for instance.

Others like Granit feel they can take their game further and improve significantly under Wenger.

Some have been overlooked like Cech and some undervalued like Santi.

All feel a move to Arsenal would be benefitial for not just the career alone but more the improvement of their game.

And this leverage is important for us in the market.

Ozil could have gone to ANY club in the transfer window. There were a number who would have paid more than us and were in need of a playmaker.

That Wenger waited on him to end of window (and had to forgo Higuain to ensure we had sufficient funds to meet the price) is partially due to the fact that the player had sentiments to move to us and there was already an understanding between us and Real for the deal to happen. Panic buy? Hardly.

Now if only some of these analyst in the media understand better how the transfer market works. Alas most are just pre-disposed to simple sound bites and sensationalism. In Henry’s case, he is becoming a bit of a parrot regurgitating the thoughts of other simpletons in and around him.

Alas.

José P
José P

It’s like you love someone but they don’t care about you anymore. A true lover will still feel that only the best things should happen to your love. I’m the lover and The Arsenal is the loved.
I hope to travel to the UK sometime this year, watch my beloved team with my true eye. I hope my love lasts the test of time

Chilli
Chilli

Some people…

Almunia
Almunia

Ofcourse there are players who want to come to arsenal but as 2nd choice destination. No good player is going to choose us over city, united, chelsea in the epl

Dfinking
Dfinking

It’s ironic that Wenger jettisoned Henry from the U18 because he said you can’t do the Arsenal job and be a pundit… But that is the exact position Wenger is in… and I believe it’s the cause of our transfer issues…. Each of the past few years we have signed one player early in the window… Then Wenger heads of for 6-8 weeks for his pundit job, we fall behind everyone else and we end up scrambling around looking for value when everyone knows we are desperate.

Dermot
Dermot

Where are these players who asked to come back? How many players left and won titles? Is it any of these players? Nasri, Sagna, Van Persie, Toure, Henry, Fabregas, im sure im just scratching the surface of players who left and WON TITLES. Elaborate Wenger on your stupid points. Eho asked to come back and why didnt they?

Brian wallace
Brian wallace

I’m late to the party with GOT, just started 2nd season. That line is a beauty!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Just wait till you get to season 6 …

Silent G
Silent G

I saw Icardi play what was effectively a glasgow Celtic B team the other day. I realise it was only a glorified friendly but Inter looked like they were trying. He is a good player but doesnt have exceptional pace, doesnt have exceptional skill and is certainly not physically strong. If this is what the market judges a 70 million pound player to be I am glad we are not part of it. Take that as an indicator of the market then an exceptional player like Griezmann could make 150 million. There are at least 5 teams I could think of that would pay that for him if he were available. So between transfer fee and wages that would be our entire transfer budget spent on one player who could twang a cruciate the first day he plays for us. What would we do next year for transfer funds? it might be frustrating for some but like i say I am glad we are not part of this madness. There are no trophies for completing big transfers

JOHN
JOHN

Henry is right and Wenger is wrong!!!

dave
dave

“We r working hard on transfer window”Wenger. Sorry guys those who trust Wenger I trust him also.but am also working hard not to trust Wenger on transfer window

Chinaman
Chinaman

I understand top talent is hard to find. I also get that Lacazette, Icardi etc aren’t much better than what we have hence blowing 40-50m on them is a waste.

What I don’t get is why we can’t fill in the gaps with short term signings. Players like Defoe & Ashley Williams would be perfect squad signings at reasonable transfer fees / wages. They’re the short term solutions we need to compete while we find those elusive WC signings.

Chilli
Chilli

say what?

Francis Bingham

Chinaman,your way of thinking is similar to Wenger’s and I think its so wrong. I heard some of you comparing and asking if Lacazette,Icardi,Gruizmann are as good as Giroud or even and I say yes. One all good teams in world football need good additional players to add competition and keep players on their toes.To be a world class striker you need certain attributes such as,skill,speed,ability to create goals & scoring. Tell me which Giroud lacks,I will tell you that those mentioned above have them all. Next thing is that last season Giroud got the most chances in all the top leagues yet he only scores 16 goals and why is Ozil not fond of him,he was a non entity for four months and that’s the reason Arsenal didn’t win the title and both Ozil & Sanchez will leave at the end of the season if Genger don’t buy a Striker,say I told you this.Henry is right and Wenger need to put up or shut up.
Finally if Giroud is good how comes no club in any level of football ever offer to buy him?ever wonder why.

JArghS
JArghS

But a lot of people DO name their swords!

Izik
Izik

You all are funny. the better we accept arsenal are not ready to spend the good for us. you all were saying fabregas was among the player that is begging for a returned to arsenal, its a lie……. There was a buy back clause in selling Fabregas to barca, which arsenal refused to activate to buy him back. And i knows in his mind, if arsenal and chelshit bid for him without the buy clause as at then, he would prefer chelshit to us…… We the fans should wake up and smell the coffee, is arsenal improving or better off than before? To me “No”. one win in seven years. same how we start our season. Cannot win the first game, chasing after point, one or two player short in the team, no good transfer management or poor effectiveness in the market, to the worst now we cannot attract good player from the market, to the extent Vardy and Mahrez turn us down to sign new contract with their club. Imagine that!!! All what they told us is we are working hard. “working hard ” for 3month for how many years? I almost weep the day vardy turned us down, because I cannot believe arsenal cannot attract him despite him not being the player i want for arsenal….. And today Wenger is saying we have to respect peoples decision, is because we made decision for him. I still love my club arsenal but am not happy with our administration.

SoCal Gooner
SoCal Gooner

Saying “spend some fucking money,” I believe ignores the main issue.

Question: do u see Asrene Wenger winning the league with Barcelona’s squad? Do u see him winning the champions league with Barca’s squad??

So what’s even the point????

snowyc
snowyc

Umm…yes? Not sure I see your point.

Izik
Izik

fallacy fallacy fallacy!!!

They are deceiving us, let them come and tell us we are not signing any player than raising our hope, because there attitude during the transfer is giving me heartache than we losing match. because i know where we would finish from the starting of the season. Top 4, and ahead of spurs (Tradition).
we were told there’s money, but we cannot spend.
But to me i want trophy.
I want us to become champion.