By Richard Clarke
Signing players is “two per cent” of Arsène Wenger’s worries right now.
The Arsenal manager is busy juggling the demands of Premier League and FA Cup at the moment. It means that, despite constantly being linked with a move for Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin, the Frenchman is much more concerned about getting the best out of his existing squad rather than bringing in anyone new.
“I am more focussed to do well with the players I have than to be obsessed with the players I can buy or not buy,” he said at Friday’s press conference ahead of the trip to Cardiff. “At the moment it is two per cent of my worries.
“I believe in the players I have. It is down to me to get the maximum out of these players but if I can get somebody then why not? I believe we have enough quality inside here to surprise everybody.”
That said, the link with Arshavin will not go away. As ever Wenger was remaining tight-lipped but he suggested the slow pace of progress was not a problem.
“We don’t talk about it and we let Zenit talk,” he said. “There’s no news basically.
“I am not frustrated because I understand the situation. You know in football that you need the agreement of three parties to buy a player. You have to accept that everybody has a price and when the buyer has a certain amount of money and not more. If it doesn’t work it doesn’t work.”Copyright 2013 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 23 Jan 2009