“We Will Buy Lionel Messi In January And Surprise You!” – Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has

once again come out

in defence of his

faltering Arsenal side.

Wenger answered critics who

claimed this is his worst ever

team, after the misery of the

Gunners’ worst ever start to

a Premier League season was

added to by their humilating

exit from the Capital One

Cup at the hands of League

Two Bradford City.

Wenger insisted he actually

won more trophies with a

group of players who were

not as focused as his current

crop at the Emirates.

Wenger told reporters at his

Friday press conference: “I

have had groups who had

fantastic results who were

less serious than these

players, believe me. We won

trophies with players who

were less focused than this

team.

“Of course these players are

hurting. You think they don’t

care and they go home

[after Bradford] and think

they had a fantastic game?

They do care.

“We have not kicked on,

that’s true. But we have

rebuilt a team this year and

we’ll see where we finish.”

Wenger urged a sense of

perspective and pointed to

the club’s achievement of

consistently qualifying for

Champions League football.

“At the moment, we have

qualified for the Champions

League knock-out stages for

13 years on the trot. When I

listen to you [the media], it

must be a mistake there –

‘Why is this team in this

spot?’ It sounds like we

should be in the

Championship.

“At the moment, you have

to take a little bit of distance

before making a definite

judgement on what we are

capable of doing.

“No other team has done

that in the Champions

League. At the moment we

are not happy with what we

have produced. But we will

turn it around before the

end of the season.”

Wenger also mounted a

spirited defence of his recent

additions to the Arsenal

squad. Despite the almost

unanimous consent that the

likes of Marouane Chamakh,

Gervinho and Sebastien

Squillaci are not up to the

Gunners’ usual standard,

Wenger refused to accept

the criticism.

“Who are the big buys?”

questioned Wenger. “How

much? He [Gervinho] was £8

million. Gervinho is a good

player, yes. But I don’t want

to go into individual

assessments.

“Chamakh was a big buy?

He was free. Squillaci, nearly

free.

“You cannot say that we

have a squad of no quality.

They are international

players.”

Arsenal have the fourth

highest wage bill in the

Premier League but Wenger

insists the club simply

operate in a different league

from those above them.

He continued: “First of all,

you don’t know their wages.

Secondly, you accuse us of

not paying the wages the

players want and on the

other hand you accuse [us]

of giving them the money

they want.

“If you are in that situation,

then it’s because we are in

the Champions League and

we can produce the money.

“And secondly we are under

pressure from Man City,

Man United and Chelsea

[who] pay three times more

the highest wages than us to

pay the players these wages.

“We live in a competitive

world. If they want to sign

here, they can say, ‘I can get

three times more there’.”

Having fielded criticism of his

team and signings, the

beleaguered Wenger ended

his press conference on a

light note, suggesting that

Arsenal fans could look

forward to a big January

acquistion.

Wenger added: “What do

you call big [in terms of a

signing]?

“We will buy Lionel Messi in

January and surprise you!”

Wenger


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