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“We Will Buy Lionel Messi In January And Surprise You!” – Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has
once again come out
in defence of his
faltering Arsenal side.
Wenger answered critics who
claimed this is his worst ever
team, after the misery of the
Gunners’ worst ever start to
a Premier League season was
added to by their humilating
exit from the Capital One
Cup at the hands of League
Two Bradford City.
Wenger insisted he actually
won more trophies with a
group of players who were
not as focused as his current
crop at the Emirates.

Wenger told reporters at his
Friday press conference: “I
have had groups who had
fantastic results who were
less serious than these
players, believe me. We won
trophies with players who
were less focused than this

“Of course these players are
hurting. You think they don’t
care and they go home
[after Bradford] and think
they had a fantastic game?
They do care.

“We have not kicked on,
that’s true. But we have
rebuilt a team this year and
we’ll see where we finish.”

Wenger urged a sense of
perspective and pointed to
the club’s achievement of
consistently qualifying for
Champions League football.

“At the moment, we have
qualified for the Champions
League knock-out stages for
13 years on the trot. When I
listen to you [the media], it
must be a mistake there –
‘Why is this team in this
spot?’ It sounds like we
should be in the
“At the moment, you have
to take a little bit of distance
before making a definite
judgement on what we are
capable of doing.
“No other team has done
that in the Champions
League. At the moment we
are not happy with what we
have produced. But we will
turn it around before the
end of the season.”

Wenger also mounted a
spirited defence of his recent
additions to the Arsenal
squad. Despite the almost
unanimous consent that the
likes of Marouane Chamakh,
Gervinho and Sebastien
Squillaci are not up to the
Gunners’ usual standard,

Wenger refused to accept
the criticism.
“Who are the big buys?”
questioned Wenger. “How
much? He [Gervinho] was £8
million. Gervinho is a good
player, yes. But I don’t want
to go into individual

“Chamakh was a big buy?
He was free. Squillaci, nearly

“You cannot say that we
have a squad of no quality.
They are international
Arsenal have the fourth
highest wage bill in the
Premier League but Wenger
insists the club simply
operate in a different league
from those above them.

He continued: “First of all,
you don’t know their wages.
Secondly, you accuse us of
not paying the wages the
players want and on the
other hand you accuse [us]
of giving them the money
they want.

“If you are in that situation,
then it’s because we are in
the Champions League and
we can produce the money.
“And secondly we are under
pressure from Man City,
Man United and Chelsea
[who] pay three times more
the highest wages than us to
pay the players these wages.

“We live in a competitive
world. If they want to sign
here, they can say, ‘I can get
three times more there’.”

Having fielded criticism of his
team and signings, the
beleaguered Wenger ended
his press conference on a
light note, suggesting that
Arsenal fans could look
forward to a big January
Wenger added: “What do
you call big [in terms of a
“We will buy Lionel Messi in
January and surprise you!”

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