Wenger can’t deliver “the next Messi” this January

Date: 4th January 2013 at 7:00 pm
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In news that has caused our pints to be placed down and heated debate to rage here at the Football Transfer Tavern are claims in the Daily Mail made by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as the January transfer window heats up.

Wenger has remained defiant as fans have already seen Demba Ba slip through the net to rivals Chelsea after heavy speculation linking the Senegalese international to the Emirates Stadium this January. In an outburst, Wenger claimed that fans expected him to find “the next Messi” and that the pressure in the transfer window was intense.

The long serving Arsenal manager claimed: “It’s much more difficult for us now. The competition is higher. People want to see the next Lionel Messi – they don’t want to see a promising guy. The name of the player gives people hope, but when they haven’t heard of them people are already sceptical.”

In what seemed an interview where Wenger defended himself and his transfer dealings or lack thereof, he also claimed that missing out on Swansea City striker Michu was not his fault as you need “deep knowledge of the market in Spain” to find a gem like that. As our landlord quips, quite what he is paying his scouts to do then is a mystery to us.

Wenger has recently lost out on another long-term transfer target after it was reported this evening that arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur have beaten the Gunners to the signing of Schalke’s Lewis Holtby, who has agreed a transfer in July, subject to a medical.

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0 thoughts on “Wenger can’t deliver “the next Messi” this January

  • Solomon
    3 years ago

    I do not see the signing of Holtby by Spurs as a disaapointment. The first issue is that did Arsenal had the intention of signing him? We must remember that we have many players in the same positions that Holtby will like to play so i do not see him as our main target in the transfer market. We need a DM, LB and a striker more than anything else. Is only after signing those then we can start looking for squad players.

  • The BearMan
    3 years ago

    If Wenger was a bear, he would always smell the honey but never taste it! He can spot good players, but his slowness and undesiveness to act is telling with age.

  • adrian lohrey
    3 years ago

    Arsene Wenger is an old style manager who likes to build teams Rather than buy them. His problem is that his main rivals operate completely differently. Fans are now less patient and want to see relatively instant success. I hope his attempt to leave a legacy behind works, but his rivals will not let up in the meantime. What cant be disputed is the extent to which the club has been transformed in his time at the helm.