Last week, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry criticized the recent transfer indolence of Arsenal and blamed it on club’s somewhat unattractiveness for world class players.
The recent snubbing of Arsenal by certain players has justified the claims of the legend.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Columbian international James Rodriguez with reports claiming that the Gunners are front-runners for the skillful player’s signature.
James only made 17 starts in the league in 2015-16 – his second season with Madrid – and he was only given 13 minutes of their opening league match of this campaign against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Mundo Deportivo claims that Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in the player who is valued at £60 million by Madrid. The newspaper reports that The Gunners lead the chase for Rodriguez’s signature because The Stamford Bridge side fears that winger Eden Hazard would become involved in any negotiations.
Speaking during the world Cup in 2014, Wenger said of the player;
“I was absolutely amazed by the quality of his games. For me it was the intelligence of his passing, the suppleness of him and the fluency of his game.
“It also was the speed of his decision making. The penetrative passes he made were just absolutely fantastic. You just wanted to see him have the ball and when you want somebody to have the ball it is always a sign of exceptional quality and he definitely has that.”
Wenger has constantly claimed he has the funds to sign players but to dole out £60 million for a player seem unrealistic when it comes to Wenger.
However, with Ozil, Cazorla and the other midfielders at Arsenal, it is difficult to see that Wenger will want to sign Rodriguez.