Arsenal's long-serving Manager outlined his confidence in the prioritizing improvements to his current squad in pre-season, before fussing about new additions.
'We have signed Sanogo', said Wenger in his recent press conference ahead of the Emirates Cup last weekend.
'He has not made the headlines. Why ? Because he’s not fifty to a hundred million pounds, but I’m quite confident we’ll make them (headlines) soon on the pitch and that, for me, is the most important'.
These recent statements are a far cry from Arsenal’s chief executive’s comments at the end of last season. Ivan Gazidis insisted the club had the financial muscle to compete with the continent’s elite and were prepared to pay big fees and big wages to bring in the desired personnel.
France U20 striker Sanogo arrived at Arsenal in the first week on July on a free transfer from Ligue 2 side Auxerre and, despite some impressive displays, he too has been rather overlooked by the ‘headlines’, as the Gunners’ boss inferred.
The Frenchman scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for Auxerre last term and 4 in 7 at the U20 World Cup. He is undoubtedly an exciting prospect for the future but the club’s fans (as well as the media) are less than impressed with the club’s business so far this summer.
With just weeks to go until the new season and crucial Champions League qualification play-offs, Arsenal has yet to spend a penny on new signings and, moreover, has failed to fulfil their promises to the fans.
Wenger insisted he would prioritize ‘making’ stars on the pitch, but after 8 years without a trophy, the fans’ patience is at an all-time low. Will they be content to wait for youngsters like Sanogo to develop any more than they’ll be content to wait for ‘big names’ to arrive ? I would think not.
Sanogo could well have an important role for the Gunners next term, and if he scores goals that will undoubtedly endear him to the Emirates crowd, but after all the talk and posturing, the manager has seemed to revert to his default position on transfers – we don’t need to buy stars if we can make them.
Unfortunately for young Sanogo, this mantra is holding less and less weight and the bareness of the Gunners’ trophy cabinet is a burden too heavy to bear for any young gun(ner).
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