Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that he won't be doing any business before the World Cup.
Arsene Wenger gave a subtle hint towards his summer transfer plans yesterday in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Norwich City.
It’s bad news for the club’s supporters.
Wenger suggested that in his experience, not a lot of transfer activity gets done before a World Cup tournament in a World Cup year, suggesting that he’s focusing on making squad additions when he has his squad back together following the tournament this summer.
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If that’s the philosophy that Wenger is taking into this summer then it could mean that the Gunners miss out on some of their top transfer targets.
Other clubs make no secret to hide the fact they use third parties and agents to try and get an edge in the transfer market.
Any player involved in the World Cup is not going to want to talk to any sides over his future, which is where the agents come in, negotiating on behalf of various players and clubs.
That’s not something that Arsenal and Wenger seem to be prepared to do.
There have already been examples of sides trying to get business sorted out before the World Cup, to try and avoid a bidding war once the tournament in Brazil finishes.
Two great examples relate to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.
Chelsea seem very keen to get a deal sewn up for Spanish international Diego Costa before the World Cup because if he has a good tournament, it will become more difficult for them to sign him.
In the case of Manchester United, there have been reports that they want to do a deal for Luke Shaw of Southampton quickly for the same reasons.
If Wenger waits as he’s hinted he will do, the Gunners could miss out on some high profile targets but fans need to trust the Frenchman that he knows what he’s doing as he seeks to improve the defence, midfield and attack.
Karim Benzema, Julian Draxler, Matthias Ginter and Angel Di Maria among others are among the players Arsenal have been linked with this season and in each case there is value in Arsenal getting deals done before the World Cup.
However, a waiting game seems the most likely scenario.