The Arsenal manager says the pressure coming from fans to spot the next Thierry Henry or Lionel Messi makes it harder for him to bring in promising youth stars and players who will help Arsenal move forward.
Wenger has had a very shrewd transfer policy throughout his career preferring to buy players on the cheap and then turn them into world class stars. He says the pressure is mounting from supporters to buy ready made products.
Wenger has also attacked the transfer market with inflated prices paid for players who are simply not worth the fee. This makes deals like the £10 million which originally brought Henry to Arsenal increasingly unlikely in the future.
“It's very difficult because the level of expectation is very high. People want to see Lionel Messi. They don't want to see a promising guy. First of all the name gives hope. When a guy has no name people are already sceptical, so it's much more difficult for us,” Wenger said on the Guardian website.
Arsenal fans have also grown frustrated with Wenger’s rigid transfer policy when he has missed out on players who have been snapped up for next to nothing and then proven their success at other clubs.
Ask any Arsenal fan on the street and the majority will say they don’t mind the way Arsenal act in the transfer market but they cannot stand the policy when Wenger misses out e.g. Michu going to Swansea City for £2 million in the summer.
However, Wenger has a point when he ignores this sort of criticism and pressure because he has never simply bought a player for the sake of doing so. He has always bought his players on the basis of what they have achieved or shown at their previous club.
“He (Michu) was a guy who disappeared a little bit. He was in clubs where he was bombed out and so you always think: 'OK, he doesn't make it there, why should he make it here?” he added.
Wenger also attributes the current lack of high profile stars joining the club to the changing markets across Europe and once again he has a very good point.
Arsenal were tremendous during the late 1990s and early 2000s when it came to picking up cheap and talented players from the French and Spanish markets. These markets are producing a smaller ratio of players who are good enough to play for the club.
Therefore, Wenger is not going to sign players simply for the sake of pacifying fans in the hope that they turn out to be the next superstar of English football.
He has asked for trust all along in his managerial career, he has been given it and he should continue to be given it.
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