“If I tell you I have £250m, every player I call will cost three times more,” he said.
“When I am manager of a club I do with what I have available and you have never heard me complain about the money that was available.
“But as well I do not accept people to think that I am stupid enough to have £100m at my disposal and put it in the bank because I am scared to spend it.”
Wenger added: “Considering transfers and the money available, the less you talk the better it is. Let other people talk and you do what you want.
“I believe the more everybody shuts up inside the club and does not talk about anything and works hard is the best.”
He’s dead right too. For what it’s worth, I’d try to sell Abebayor for upwards of £25m and try to get some money for Gallas too if his heart isn’t in it anymore. I doubt anybody’s going to be interested in the midfield dross, but obviously I’d snap the hand off anyone who offered something valuable for Abu Diaby. These deals plus the £13m or so that Wenger’s rumoured to already have at his disposal would potentially give the club a war chest of over £40m, with which I’d break the bank for Danieli De Rossi and spend the remainder on bringing Brede Hangeland to the club.
Otherwise I think the team is fine. Almunia’s a decent keeper, and Toure recaptured his form towards the end of the season somewhat. Sagna and Cliche are two of the best full-back in the Premiership, and Kieran Gibbs looks promising. There’s an embarrassment of riches in midfield, and a Song-De Rossi pairing in big matches would grind down any opposition’s creativity. Upfront, there’s genuinely nobody I’d rather have at the club than RVP, and if he stays free from injury then Arsenal will definitely win the league next season. Bendtner’s alright in the air, Vela’s underused at the moment, and Eduardo will be back to full fitness next year, so there’s really not that much need to bring in another forward.
Problems solved. I’m sure Wenger’s working on it right now.