Wenger delivers transfer news ahead of January window, fans will be delighted
By Matt Farr
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are no longer at a financial disadvantage to their Premier League rivals.
According to the Daily Star, the long-serving Gunners boss claims that the club can now match the spending of the likes of Manchester City, and hailed their financial strength.
Wenger believes his proof lies with Hector Bellerin’s new contract, whom Arsenal managed to tie-down for the long-term despite interest from Barcelona and City.
Much of Wenger’s focus over the last couple of weeks has been to retain the services of his key players, and assure them that staying at Arsenal is the right move for their future.
The Gunners have yet to win a Premier League title since their triumph in 2004, which has caused many of the club’s central figures to jump ship over the years – particularly to title rivals City.
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Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna (among others) have all gone on to win silverware elsewhere following their departures from the Emirates Stadium.
It’s a worrying trend, but one that Wenger is confident of bringing to an end. His latest dilemma sees the futures of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil growing increasingly uncertain, with the club reportedly reluctant to meet their demands.
Sanchez is demanding wages of £250,000 per week to stay in north London, though Wenger insists the club have enough money to keep the pair on their books.
He told the Star: “We can keep our players. We are financially much more competitive than we were before.
“We were always competitive but we had to sell our players, that is the big difference. Today we can make the decision.
“Today I feel we can give financial satisfaction and support ambitions and values that can make the players happy at this club.
“Before, perhaps the financial gap was too big a difference to keep our players – we could not compete, we had to sell players.
“Bellerin signing is what has changed. It is no secret in football that if you want to achieve on the pitch you need good players. There is no magician.
Ozil and Sanchez both have just 18 months left on their current deals, while Wenger is also working to negotiate new contracts for Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin.
In other Arsenal news, five Manchester City players have been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Arsenal, which is great news for the Gunners.