Despite early summer speculation linking Arsene Wenger with a major shake-up, Arsenal have once again failed to secure a number of quality players to bolster their squad size and to help out with the defensive crisis that they now face.
Arsene Wenger is confident that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will commit their long term futures to the club but insists new deals for the pair are not urgent as he focuses on the imminent Premiership opener against Liverpool this Sunday where Arsenal are slight favourites, visit tomwaterhouse.com for all the latest tips and news.
Wenger commented about Ozil and Sanchez:
‘We keep that [information] internally and we make progress always but it’s not always a quick process,’ said Wenger.
‘They still have two years’ contract, so there’s no urgency as well.
‘There is no reason for Arsenal fans to be concerned. At the moment we have priorities that are a bit different.
‘Most of the time the extensions of a contract are done outside the transfer window because it gives you a bit more time and focus on that.’
On other transfer fronts it appears that Arsenal’s interest in Valencia CF centerback Shkodran Mustafi is genuine but Arsenal have yet to bid on the well-rated 24-year-old German international. Valencia are clearly open to offers having put Mustafi up for sale and Arsenal are in need for a stand-in while Mertesacker recovers from pre-season injuries so on the face of things it is more a case of when a deal is struck.
Arsenal are still looking for a striker speculated to be Alexandre Lacazette of Olympique Lyonnais but have dismissed the need for Julian Draxler and Riyad Mahrez.
When pushed Wenger has conceded that Arsenal don’t have the finances to challenge either of the Manchester clubs in the market, but is adamant his side will be able to match them for performances this season.
“Manchester United are the richest club in the world along with Real Madrid,” he said. “Not many people can compete with their finances but that doesn’t make the difference because at the moment on the pitch we can compete.
“That is the most important thing. It’s not a financial competition, football is a performance competition.
“We try to compete at our level with all the assets we have and we try to compete with them and showed that last Sunday [when they beat Manchester City 3-2 in a pre-season friendly].”
There are Interesting times ahead of the Premiership this season – let’s hope Arsenal can acquire a couple of their transfer targets and make a big push for the title.