Raiola: Arsenal lack ‘balls’ to compete for top players

Date published: Monday 19th September 2016 8:14

Mino Raiola suggests Arsenal lack the conviction required to compete in the transfer market for the best players in the world.

Arsenal fans have often criticised Arsene Wenger for an apparent reluctance to spend big on players, with the club failing to pay up for the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Gonzalo Higuain in the past.

And when discussing Manchester United’s world-record move for his client Paul Pogba, Raiola told the Daily Mail that he believes Arsenal often lack confidence in the transfer market.

“It’s not just a case of spending the money,” he said. “It’s shouldering the responsibility of spending that money and saying, ‘yes, this is my man’. Arsenal have the money but do they have the balls?

“I respect Arsene Wenger. He has a philosophy that says these figures don’t match what I want to do, so that’s OK. Real Madrid? The will of Zinedine Zidane was strong but we were not sure it was the will of the club.

“Yet I think Manchester United showed the world this summer that they were not going to stand still, they want to be the best.

“They sent out a message with the transfers they did that this is the biggest club in the world.”

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