We all know the scenario…. bids below the asking price, a refusal to sell and Wenger says he tried to buy in the window but the right players weren’t available.
It has got me thinking that it is a well thought out tactic on his part…. He never offers the asking price and therefore has an excuse for not buying…. it makes me wonder if he actually thinks a certain player should be priced at his valuation or whether he does it on purpose ??
Does he really think a club puts a valuation on one of their players just to accept an offer several million below that price? It’s bad business and totally illogical. I can imagine a CEO of a big club saying to his manager whilst laughing ‘oh Fuck, Wenger is going to make an offer, get ready to refuse the arsehole’ or something similar.
He did himself no favours last summer when he failed to recruit outfield players and then suffered several injuries to key players which probably ultimately lost us the title. This summer he got in quickly to get Xhaka but now Ivan Gazidis is saying we can’t compete with the big teams! Which is a turn around from what he was saying in 2012 when he stated that the Arsenal would soon have the financial muscle to compete with the big boys!
Well now, according to all accounts, Arsenal do have the financial muscle but are still trying to find bargains. Perhaps we will never know what is the determining factor behind this philosophy but it sure is frustrating for fans.
Arsenal are desperate for new striker and now desperate for a new CB after the news about the BFG, so I hope Wenger and Gazidis have put their heads together and have a plan…. even if it’s a plan C…. after plans A & B have failed. We have till the. end of August to complete any deals but in a perfect world, those deals need to be concluded before the first game of the EPL on 14the August. Personally, I don’t hold out much hope and would welcome being proved wrong.
Prices do seem to be outrageously high, for instance, Stoke paying over £13m to Liverpool for Joe Allen ha ha , but in todays market those prices have to be paid to get even an average player…. the sooner Wenger and the club understand this the sooner they will be back on top.