Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has stated the reasons why he thinks Arsene Wnger struggles with modern-day management.
Speaking on Sky Sports ‘Monday Night Football’ (Sky Spots, 7pm), the former Gunners striker claimed that Wenger struggles in the modern era due to the inflation of transfer prices.
“It is a new era, you have to put at least, if you want someone good, £60m, £70m, whatever the position is. I think he finds that really difficult.”
Wenger enjoyed a successful transfer period in January, managing to secure both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whilst re-signing Mest Ozil to a new contract.
However, Wenger has failed numerous times to sign big-name players, especially at the back, often due to the inability to match a transfer fee demand.
This inflation of the market has hit many clubs, but a lot of fan frustration surrounding the Emirates was due to lack of quality signings of in recent years, but this shows signs of improving.
Henry thinks that Wenger’s apprehension to spend big on a defender could be what is prohibiting the club from pressing onwards.
“He does it easy for a striker, or a creative player, but for defenders, he probably thinks ‘that might be a lot’.
“We are obviously speculating, but it is a weird one that is difficult to pinpoint, because in some games they can show us that they can do it.”
Arsenal currently sit sixth in the Premier League, eight points adrift from Chelsea in fifth – but finishing in the European places must be a priority for Wenger, unless he can replicate Mourinho’s Europa League win last season.
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