Wenger hints at risky transfer strategy for summer window

Arsene Wenger Press Conference - 18/02/2014

The Arsenal boss expects little transfer activity between now and the start of the World Cup.

Arsene Wenger is famously picky when it comes to transfers. If you were to categorise his incomings over the 18 years he has been in charge there would be a fairly large percentage that would fall in the "promising youngster" or "French" categories, with a fair chunk ticking both boxes.

But as of the start of this season, the Gunners boss has publicly declared a willingness to pursue players of a certain quality, regardless of nationality and older than he may have perhaps considered before. His pursuit of Luis Suarez in the summer indicated he was prepared to spend big, on proven quality, if there is the slightest chance that player will be available. 

Often, when it comes to such transfers, it is a case of a club stepping in before others know that that individual may be available, and sealing the deal before the player has a chance to speak to anyone else.

Wenger, whether it is sensible or risky, has claimed it is unlikely he will make any transfer dealings before the start of the World Cup.

In what may be a crumb of comfort to Gunners fans that had hoped for an Ozil size name as early as possible in the transfer window, the Frenchman is also of the opinion that no one else will get the chance to sneak ahead and seal any deals.

"In my experience, in a World Cup year, the transfer business does not get done early," Wenger said.

"Everybody is focused on the World Cup. At the moment you can do nothing because the season is not over.

"Do you realise it is one month from the start of the World Cup? It is unbelievable. The Champions League final is on the 24th May and basically two weeks later it is the start of the World Cup.

"There is no time between the end of the season and the start of the World Cup. Nobody will do anything before the World Cup starts." 

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