After another mediocre season, Arsenal fans want to see some new faces at the Emirates Stadium next season. Fighting Liverpool for third place in the Premiership, the Gunners trail Manchester United by more than 20 points.
That is – of course – the difference between seven wins and seven defeats.
This year, Arsenal have struggled for consistency on the road. W7-D4-L7 is simply not good enough away from home, for a team that went two full seasons without an away defeat a couple of years ago.
Most pundits and fans alike, acknowledge the need for a top class signing – or two.
Wenger is not so sure.
Speaking to the clubs website, the frenchman explained:
“The problem is that because we have had a disappointing season, everybody wants you to buy,” said Wenger.
“I have to really think if that is needed or not because there is an element in our team that they will progress because they are young. Also, what do I need to add, if I do need to add something?”
“I will do what I feel is right for the team and for the Club but the situation is not always to buy. Manchester United let Ruud van Nistelrooy go, they bought only Michael Carrick and now they play for the Premiership.”
With reports from Spain linking Thierry Henry with a move to Barcelona and the not yet sorted transfer saga involving Jose Antonio Reyes and Julio Baptista, Wenger is set for a busy summer in any case.
Also, Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to sign in the immediate future.
It would seem that Wenger is playing down the need for big signings on purpose, a strategy he has been known to use in the past to keep everything quiet.
With Arsenal’s massive stadium debts, a bidding war with Europe’s elite clubs would seem beyond them.