I was not present at the weekly Wenger press conference yesterday morning in the media room at the Emirates - but with so many websites posting up the video of it, I did not need to be.
The noise from the pond life scum, otherwise known as the British Press, this weekend will no doubt be a negative one towards our transfer policy, based purely on the fact Wenger stated he believes in his current crop of players.
Of course it would have been far more sensible of the manager to simply state he wanted to buy 5 players and was ready to move heaven and earth for them….. right?
Well, he did say the following…
“The club are in a very healthy financial position and if needed we can make a big transfer”
I find that one line of dialect fascinating, for two reasons; firstly why are none of the press reporting it? and secondly why did Wenger emphasise “big”?
For me this summer will be the natural progression to what has been the rhetoric over the past few summer’s… namely Wenger stating he will only buy “top, top, top class”
We clearly have the money now, and this is the first time Wenger has firmly committed to stating as such. Usually he will skirmish around the subject like a well seasoned CEO of a FTSE 100 company at the AGM.
The kind of player we are short of is not a defender or a goalkeeper… but a magician in the final third. Searing pace, skill, electric play that cuts open a defence at will or at breakneck speed on the counter attack 3 seconds after the opposition were in on our goal.
Eden Hazard is that man for me – and I am totally convinced he will become an Arsenal player this summer if he is on the market.
He would fetch in the region of £25-30M… this IS affordable for Arsenal in the summer of 2011.
I do not agree it would have the been the case in previous summers.
Bolton away this weekend, hopefully Everton can hold out for a bore draw at Old Trafford… and we roll on to the biggie at the Emirates on May 1st.
Who know’s what may happen.
Enjoy the sunshine and chocolate.