Aug 22, 2016

    Wenger slams criticism over transfer spending


    ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger hit out at criticism of his club's transfer policy after he once again came under pressure from supporters to spend money on new players.

    He has made only one major close-season signing, recruiting midfielder

    Granit Xhaka from

    Borussia Moenchengladbach.

    The Swiss made his full debut in Saturday's 0-0 draw at champions Leicester City but the visiting supporters made their displeasure

    plain by chanting: "Spend some money!"

    Asked why he was reluctant to part with the club's cash, Wenger replied: "Spending the money and buying a top player, that is different. We are ready

    to do that. I (will) spend

    300 million if I find the player, if I have the 300 million.

    "I have not to forget

    as well that we are a club

    who has 600 employees who we need to have a responsible attitude (towards) as well.

    "It's a bit surprising that you come out of football games, you don't speak

    about football. You've

    to speak about money.

    "I believe that you have

    to respect the players who have played, the performance that has been done today

    by those teams."

    It is a case of groundhog day for Arsenal's fans,

    who saw Wenger make just one major signing - that of goalkeeper Petr Cech - in

    last year's close-season transfer period.

    But Wenger pointed to the performance of 20-year-old centre-back Rob Holding,

    a low-key signing from

    Bolton Wanderers last month, as evidence that Arsenal are still bringing in good players.

    "Unfortunately, nobody speaks about the performance of Rob Holding today.

    "You should be happy.

    "He's English, he's 20 years old. But I'm sorry, he didn't cost 55 million, so he can't

    be good.

    "That is, for me, the most disappointing (thing)."

    On the plus side, Wenger saw Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Oezil and Olivier Giroud return to action following post-Euro 2016 breaks.