By Richard Clarke in Lisbon
Arsène Wenger understands the fans’ frustrations over Arsenal’s dealings in the transfer market this summer and hopes to provide some “good news” soon.
Since the window opened in June, the manager has brought in Gervinho and youngster Carl Jenkinson. Both are quality additions to a quality squad but even Wenger has admitted he wants to strengthen further.
With the new season just over a week away the clamour is only increasing but, in an exclusive interview with Arsenal Player ahead of the Eusebio Cup at Benfica, the Frenchman revealed he was making every effort.
“Ideally I would have finished all [our business] but it doesn't work like that,” he said. “We work very hard, we are non-stop working throughout the summer. I am positive because we have good quality and a style of play that is known by the players. So we want to add not quality but super quality.”
When asked for the reasons for the delay, the manager outlined some of the issues with which he has had to contend.
“You have to identify the players, agree with clubs to get them out, agree the fee,” he said. “That means they have to agree with you and they have to find another player before they release their players. In England, it is a lot more difficult to move during the summer because some people are not there. It's all kinds of things you meet during the transfer market. But I can understand the impatience of people.”
And will that patience be rewarded soon? Are Arsenal close to a new signing?
“No, not at the moment,” Wenger replied. “We hope to give you some good news soon. Next week, something might happen.”
As usual, any signing will be officially confirmed only on Arsenal.com.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Aug 2011