Wenger rules out January spending spree
Arsene Wenger has maintained that the January transfer window will not remedy Arsenal’s problems in the Premier League this season.
The Gunners boss instead believes that solutions will ultimately come from within the current squad rather than through the acquisition of another player in the winter, stating that it was important to “find solutions before January.”
Commenting on the competitive nature of the league, he noted that spending would have little or no impact because “it is difficult for everybody at the moment, all teams, even those who have invested a lot of money.”
The league table makes grim reading for Gunners fans, with a 2-0 loss to Swansea at the Emirates on Saturday opening a five-point gap with Tottenham Hotspur sitting in 4th spot.
The loss marked a season haul of 5 wins from 15 games in the Premier League, as Arsenal sit 10th and one point behind Stoke City. It’s the worst position for Arsenal at this stage of the season under Wenger’s guidance.
Reports later verified that approximately a thousand supporters protested after the game, in the name of the Black Scarf Movement. The BSM function as the mouthpiece for growing fan anger at the greater commercialisation of Arsenal – relating to high ticket prices and an expensive match-day experience – after their move to the Emirates coinciding with a seven-year trophyless spell.
Some fans believe that the club’s frugal transfer policy isn’t in line with the exponential monetisation of Arsenal at the Emirates. There seems to be a huge disparity between Wenger’s transfer policy and a belief that the club have a substantially healthier balance sheet since moving to their new home with many fans believing that the financial clout is there but the desire to spend in the winter is not.