Arsene Wenger announced he is looking to add a midfielder to his squad after Arsenal’s pleasing 3-0 victory over Fenerbahce last night.
In his after-match press conference he expressed his delight to his players response to their dreadful defeat to Aston Villa and declared he would be busy from now until the transfer window closed.
“Quality-wise we don’t need anybody but number-wise we are short as I told you yesterday. We lost Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta and Diaby – three international midfielders. That is why we are short.”
“We tried to bring one in but we are working on that. You have to understand there is still a long way to go. The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and September 2. From August 21 until September 2 you have 12 days, so a lot will happen. It starts now.”
It can be argued that Wenger has had all summer to bring in new recruits but with one foot in the Champions League group stages, the club will be able to bring in the very best players. His comments give fresh hope to the Arsenal faithful that finally money will be spent and their squad will be improved.
The club had a £12 million bid for Yohan Cabaye rejected by Newcastle in the aftermath of their defeat to Aston Villa and inquired about Paul Pogba and Geoffrey Kondogbia but failed to succeed with them. They have also recently been linked with moves for Real Madrid pair Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria.