By Joe Nelson
Arsenal fans have reacted in anger on Twitter over the news that Arsene Wenger is only in the transfer market for a new defender and not the striker they crave.
The Gunners manager claimed on Friday ahead of his team’s Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday that the only position he is targeting is now centre-back.
“I am looking at no other areas apart from centre back, it’s about quality,” Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror live press conference blog.
The 66-year-old’s update comes just a week after he claimed Arsenal were looking for reinforcements in both defence and attack, where Olivier Giroud is the only fit and authentic senior striker at the club.
Arsenal fans are enraged by the apparent U-turn from Wenger, who has a history of being cautious in the transfer market and reluctant to make too many adjustments to his playing squad.
The #WengerOut brigade came out in full force after media conference and here are a selection of the fans’ Twitter messages:
2 months to prepare for 1st game
— #wengerout (@Goonar_Al) August 12, 2016
— Khaled Rasheed (@khaledrasheed) August 12, 2016
Wenger confirming he is only looking for a CB! You didn't really believe he would solve all our teams deficiencies did you!! #wengerout
— SB (@sukhy_bahra) August 12, 2016
It's time for him to go. We have seen this movie too many times. One of the highest paid managers with no ambition. #WengerOut
— Oba (@Bhadoosky) August 12, 2016
even if we get Mustafi, we will need another big signing to push for the EPL title n Ucl….
A NEW MANAGER #WengerOut
— Amos Jumah (@AmolitoFabstula) August 11, 2016
The Gunners boss was insistent on telling reporters that his mind was not on transfer incomings, but obtaining three points from the opening league game at the weekend.
It has been widely reported that Arsenal are in negotiations to sign Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia but the long-standing Gunners manager refused to be drawn on the player.
“I cannot tell you – “transfer wise, as soon as we do something we will inform you,” Wenger.
Wenger is expected to partner now-boy Rob Holding at the heart of the defence on Sunday, alongside England under 21 international Calum Chambers and despite his lack of experience, Wenger is confident he can do a good job for the North London outfit.
“He has played in the Championship so that is a good experience, to deal with one level higher.”
However, despite the confidence shown by the three-time Premier League winning manager, it has certainly not been shared by the Gunners fan base on Twitter.
I am not going to buy the @Arsenal jersey until we sign a striker…. Something tells me i might be waiting a while.
— Gally (@ShaneNGallagher) August 12, 2016
Sounds stressful being an Arsenal fan still. All they want is a striker Wenger 😂
— Kelá (@KeLatouche96) August 12, 2016
Mustafi is a top signing for Arsenal, cant see why he's not pushing Mahrez and going for a top striker it's ludicrous
— Ethan Rogers (@BodinIsMagic) August 12, 2016
— Pouya Zarchin (@pzarchin) August 12, 2016
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have another bid rejected in their search for a new centre back signing.