Arsene Wenger explains why the summer transfer market will kick off late.
And they had reasons to do so. The Germany international was a proven world-class attacking midfielder, and his mere presence at the Emirates Stadium lifted the mood and installed belief that this time Arsene Wenger’s men will be contenders for top honours.
The only problem was that Ozil’s transfer was finalised only on deadline day.
Arsenal manager Wenger has now admitted that there could once again be delays in signing players this time around because of the World Cup in Brazil.
With football’s biggest competition kicking off in June and not finishing until mid-July, the Frenchman believes that transfer deadings will only be done thereafter. As it can take weeks for transfers to be finalised, there is a likelihood that there will once again be deadline-day rush.
Not that Arsenal will be massively busy during the transfer period. Wenger claims that he will make signings to fill the gaps in his squad, and not just add numbers.
‘It will be busy, but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close’, The Mirror quotes the 64-year-old as saying.
‘We want to add something that makes us even stronger, but, number wise, it will not be massive. From my experience, the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable.
‘Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there’s not a lot happening. People are away. I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going.
‘You are not the only one who decides when the business is done because it’s down to availability of players and the clubs who sell decide that’.