LONDON, May 15 – Arsène Wenger is in the market for new players this summer but he won’t compromise the long-term future of the Club in the process.Arsenal spent big in January when they bought Andrey Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg. It was a move that not only added invaluable pedigree to the Gunners’ young squad but also silenced those who questioned Arsenal’s clout in the transfer market.
Speaking at Thursday’s pre-match press conference, Wenger refused to rule out further signings in the summer but, as ever, long-term financial stability is paramount.
“If you want me to get the Club bust, I am not the person to do that, that’s for sure,” the manager stressed.
“I believe every manager has the same problem, to manage within his own resources. I look now like I do not want to spend money, but I have nothing against spending money.
“I just feel we have a team who can be very competitive and we want, as always, to manage this club within its resources and I will do that.
“I believe in this team and from what I have seen in this team, that makes me quite optimistic. These players have the quality to beat anybody else.
“If we can add one or two players with the resources we have, then we will do it.”
If Arsenal don’t win at Old Trafford on Saturday, it won’t do them any harm to see Manchester United lift the Premier League trophy.
That’s the verdict of Arsène Wenger, who takes his team north knowing that the champions will parade the spoils of another successful season if they take a point or more against a side they have already dispatched in the Champions League.
Arsenal fans never waste an opportunity to remind United supporters that they had stand and watch as Wenger’s class of 2002 clinched the ‘double’ at Old Trafford. The tables could well turn on Saturday but Arsenal’s manager believes a United party could inspire, not deflate, his players.
“Of course it can inspire the players,” said Wenger.
“These players will win and want to win but you have to accept as well, as we’ve said before, Man United at the moment is the best team. In sport, you have to accept that.
“They have watched us lifting the trophy as well. It’s part of sport, and England is famous in sport for the fair play they have shown and the rugby teams have created this idea.
“If a team has been better than us, and Man United has been better than us without a doubt, the whole season, then [you applaud it].
“They played under pressure, Liverpool won the day before, the next day they come out and they believe they will win. At the end of the day, you have to say yes, you are the best and there is no shame to say that.”
Of course, Man United were guests at a Highbury title party in May 1991 when Nottingham Forest beat Liverpool before Arsenal’s game kicked off, thus handing George Graham’s men the title.
On that occasion Sir Alex Ferguson’s team – although he was plan old Alex back then – welcomed Arsenal onto the pitch with a guard of honour. That won’t happen at Old Trafford this weekend.
“No,” confirmed Wenger. “Usually you do that the game after and it will be down to Hull [to do it].