Wenger: I want to sign special players
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated that he is looking to his squad before the close of the transfer window but will only do so with ‘special players’.
Talking in the build-up to today’s Champions League second leg qualifier Wenger confirmed, “I am still optimistic and I hope I will not disappoint you,” as reported by the Guardian.
“We have not a fixed number [of signings in mind] I just think we are a bit short at the moment. I feel with the players I have I can play the football we want to play.
“I’m a great admirer of the spirit, the attitude of these players. They are special and if I want to add something it has to be special.”
The Frenchman has not completely ruled out a further bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez but has refused to be drawn into confirming his interest of any other Premier League players, the Guardian further reports.
Wenger faced strong criticism from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who condemned the timing of the Gunners bid for Yohan Cabaye, hours before Newcastle’s first game of the season.
Since then the French midfielder has refused to play in either of the Magpies opening games, as reported by BBC Sport.
Wenger defended his position, and has stated that he will do his best to prevent such complications: “I will not give you any names, because it would be unfair for the players who play at another club. It could, as well, create some wrong hopes.
“You could see that many of the disputes you have all over the country is because the coaches or the managers speak about the players. In our job, just be discreet and try to make things happen.
“That’s what we try to do. You can come back to me and say: ‘Yes, but you don’t make things happen.’”