Wenger to maintain frugal approach in transfer market

Date published: Friday 19th August 2016 9:54

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes he is doing the right thing by staying frugal in this summer’s transfer market as the rest of the Premier League splashes the cash.

Gunners fans have become frustrated with the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market, with only Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Takuma Asano coming through the door this summer.

While Manchester United splash out £89million on one player, Wenger refuses to be held to ransom by clubs and agents.

The Gunners 4-3 loss at home to Liverpool on Sunday led to fans booing the players off the pitch, but Wenger says the fans have to be patient and stick with him.

“I do exactly 100 per cent of what I think is right. I think I’ve shown in 20 years that it doesn’t work too badly.

“You have to realise what is right and what is wrong. It is part of my job.

“But at the end of the day I have to make a decision that is right for the club. I listen to every criticism that I get. But I have to analyse if it is emotional and not completely good advice.”

Wenger admits that the new £5.14billion Premier League TV deal has meant that foreign clubs put their prices up for English sides and that’s why Arsenal have been struggling to get some deals done.

“What I fight against is that the only way in football to deal with [problems] is to buy. It is right when you need the players, identify the players but to buy the good players is a quality and I think this club has been built on that,” Wenger said.

“We had great success in the last 20 years in improving our structures and the main thing is based on a transfer policy. From that we have built a club.

“I know that everybody questions that at the moment because we haven’t done as much as people wish but we are out there and I believe I have made 400 transfers in my life approximately and I know that every transfer has a ritual. You are not the only one to decide.

“You could say that today in Europe you have two markets — one for the English clubs and one for the rest of Europe. The danger of the English situation at the moment is that the English clubs can suffocate themselves in the long term.

“Why? Because they buy players at a very high price. That means there are very high wages linked with it and if they are wrong, they will have these players with high wages who cannot move anywhere else.

“I told you already what are the criteria for the price of a player but you could add one more: the identity of the buyer. When the buyer is English, it is true that it multiplies the transfer by two or three — or sometimes by 10.

“If for the same player an English club does not come in, he is worth five million. But if an English club comes, he is worth 35, 40 or 50 million.”

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