Arsenal’s January transfer window business has caused controversy inside the Football Transfer Tavern, with many Arsenal fans unhappy about the business – or lack of – that was conducted. Meanwhile John Cross of the Daily Mirror reckons Arsene Wenger did in fact try and make a late deadline day signing, only to be knocked back.
Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for Barcelona striker David Villa, whilst Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic was also on the clubs radar.
Wenger admitted his side are set to be one striker short for the rest of the season as they push for the top four and Champions League qualification, but is set to revive his interest in both players in the summer.
“We were close to one more signature, yes,” revealed Wenger.
“It did not happen because of the desires of the clubs to sell or not to sell, it is only linked with that.
“It was not a money problem, it was more a desire from other clubs to keep their players.”
Wenger did manage to make one January signing in the form of left back Nacho Monreal from Malaga, with the Arsenal boss admitting the Spaniards arrival is likely to spell the end for the heavily criticised Andre Santos.
With Kieran Gibbs out injured, Monreal made his Gunners debut today against Stoke City, although Wenger revealed Santos will be a squad player whilst the England full back is out.
Wenger added: “I believe we need two left backs. You cannot play every single game with the same player. We had two before, we have two again now.