Arsene Wenger has announced he has no plans to work with a director of football. Arsenal have come under scrutiny regarding their transfer policy with many claiming a director of football would help the club in the transfer market but Wenger has dismissed any idea of it.
“A director of football buys the players. When they don’t work you (the manager) are guilty for them not playing well. If it works, the director of football has bought well.”
“I am not against having people to help me buy and sell. I cannot do it all – I am not Superman, but the final decision has to belong to the manager to decide who comes in and who goes out.”
“He is responsible for the style of play and results.”
“I have to stand up for the results of the team. It makes sense that the manager makes those decisions.”
Arsenal’s transfer policy in recent seasons has seen a worrying trend of big players leaving and being replaced by mediocre talent while this season Wenger has failed to bring in any of his reported targets, a situation that didn’t occur when Wenger worked alongside David Dein.
“I have people around me who help, but the final decision has to be down to the manager.”
“I have good experience of the game. I have played over 900 games here, but I don’t deny that the transfer market is a problem for me.”
“It conflicts with the competition when that competition has already started.”
He still believes in his current squad and believes his side will show the faith he has in them when they face Tottenham Hotspur later today. Spurs have spent over £100 million on new talent this summer but Wenger doesn’t think that makes them a better team and is ready to prove it.
“People have been brainwashed. People don’t question any more if players are better than the ones you already have.”