Arséne Wenger has clarified that the deadline day of 2011 won’t be repeated this summer.
In 2011, after a horrendous loss at Old Trafford, Wenger went out and bought 5 players in 2 days out of which only 2 are currently first team players. Arsenal signed Mikel Arteta, Park Chu-Young, Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun on loan from Chelsea on the very last day of the transfer window. Out of these only Arteta and Mertesacker have been any good.
Arsenal haven’t signed anybody this transfer window except for Yaya Sanogo on a free from Ligue 2 club, Auxerre. There are rumblings of frustration and discontent amongst the Arsenal fans for Wenger’s lack of activity this summer especially after the club talked up the level of players that the Gunners could now buy, which was shown by their willingness to spend when they bid £23,000,001 more than their transfer record for Luis Suarez which was immediately rejected by Liverpool.
Arséne Wenger touched on this topic in his pre match press conference and pacified the supporters that there will not be another mad dash on the deadline day. He said that it has become tough to buy players, due to an increase in spending of many clubs, especially from France, which caused a shortage of top, top, top quality players. Wenger also said that he understands the frustration that the fans are feeling about Arsenal’s inactivity in the transfer market, and Arsenal will keep working till the deadline day to bring in the right players.