Arsene Wenger has said he is happy with Arsenal’s transfers, using Man United’s signing of Anthony Martial as proof that top quality players are at a premium.
Arsenal and Wenger have come in for criticism after a low-key summer which saw only Petr Cech arrive from Chelsea for £10million.
As a result, the Gunners stand as the only club in Europe’s top five leagues not to have signed a senior outfield player, despite regular links to the likes of Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema.
Onlookers have expressed their disappointment at a lack of investment at the club, including the Arsenal Supporter’s Trust, who have called for a transfer review into the club’s dealings.
But Wenger has dismissed concerns over the club’s transfer dealings, using the example of Manchester United’s shock £36million move for Anthony Martial as proof that while each of Europe’s elite clubs – including Arsenal – have the budget for signings, top quality players are at a premium.
He told beIn Sports: “What happened last night with Monaco, who sold Martial to Manchester United for 80million Euros, (the fee it could rise to with add-ons) I’ve heard…Martial scored 11 goals in the French championship – that sums it up well.
“That means it’s not the money that’s missing at the moment, it’s not the desire of investment that is missing, it’s the number of players available who can strengthen the big clubs.
“The problem at the moment is finding the players that guarantees you are a better team after, and that example last night shows you very well.
“Martial is a huge talent – he’s 19-years-old. The investment is absolutely huge as well. It shows you that there’s not many players in the world who can strengthen these teams.”