Friday, August 30, 2013

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: Our squad will be strongest

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: Our squad will be strongest

ARSENE WENGER believes Tottenham’s free-spending transfer policy is flawed and insists Arsenal will have a stronger squad when the window closes.

By: Ian Winrow
Arsene-Wenger-has-been-making-some-bold-claims Arsene Wenger has been making some bold claims
Wenger has still not spent a penny in transfer fees, ahead of Monday’s 11pm deadline, while Spurs have made a habit of breaking their transfer record this summer on a spree part-bankrolled by Gareth Bale’s £86 million sale to Real Madrid.
But Wenger believes the problems are about to begin for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas as he attempts to integrate a host of new faces.
Spurs could include at least four big-money newcomers – Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue – in the starting line-up in tomorrow’s derby, while yesterday’s arrivals Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen will further boost numbers.
In contrast, Wenger has so far attracted only free agents, veteran Mathieu Flamini and youngster Yaya Sanogo and his intransigence has triggered criticism from Arsenal supporters.
He repeated yesterday he would not pay over the odds for a player – although he has not given up hope of at least one more signing.
But the Frenchman insists the Gunners have no reason to envy Spurs’ approach.
Asked if Arsenal would have the stronger squad, he said: “Yes. But I don’t think about my squad like that. I think about whether my squad have a chance to fight for the Premier League or not. We don’t compare to Spurs especially.
“I know all the players they’ve bought. Now we’ll see how they integrate and how well they do, but it’s very difficult to predict that.
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In our job there is a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance a little bit the stability of your squad
Arsene Wenger
“In our job there is a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance a little bit the stability of your squad. I know in England it’s seen as a good thing to get new players but it’s always difficult when you bring so many in to predict how well they will do.”
Wenger has called Bale’s price-tag a “joke” and is adamant he will not be drawn into a distorted market, adding: “Prices today are just linked with financial power and the desire of the buyer. There are so few players for whom it makes sense to pay over £50m.
“Monaco buy Falcao for £60m but they have a 17,000 capacity stadium, they know it doesn’t make sense. We have financial potential, but we will still decide to pay the right price.”
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