Arsene Wenger hits back at Thierry Henry comments

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger hit back at Thierry Henry's comments suggesting the Gunners struggle to attract the big players.

Arsene Wenger was quick to reject claims from former player Thierry Henry that top players don't seem willing to join Arsenal anymore, and insisted he's not afraid to spend in the transfer market, via ESPN.

Frustration was evident in the stands on Sunday as Arsenal lost their opening game of the season at home to Liverpool 4-3, with Calum Chambers and 20-year-old debutant Rob Holding having to be called upon in the centre of defence. 

The club have been linked with German international defender Shkodran Mustafi, but Valencia and Arsenal are failing to agree on a transfer fee.

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi reacts after missing a chance to scoreGermany's Shkodran Mustafi reacts after missing a chance to score

Henry's point was backed up even further yesterday as Riyad Mahrez signed a four-year contract to stay with Champions Leicester City, where the Algerian will be linking up once again with the Foxes' top scorer Jamie Vardy, who also rejected a move to join Arsenal.

Arsenal's record goalscorer expressed his views in the Sky studio at the Emirates Stadium after the defeat, but Wenger has now responded.

He said, as quoted by ESPN: "I don't feel that, no. We have plenty of players who want to join us. I would say even all the players who left, 99.5 percent of players have asked to come back even when they left. He's [Henry] one of them. So I don't think there's a problem to attract players."

Whatever Wenger says, however, it is difficult to argue that they do not struggle to capture the big players who can win the title for the Gunners. 

After the signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, many expected this to be the start of a new-look Arsenal who will be able to contest to be champions come the end of the season.

However, it seems as though the board have since stagnated in their activity. The club were the only side last summer in the top five European leagues to not sign an outfield player, with Petr Cech their only recruit.

Arsenal's Alexis SanchezArsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal have signed only Holding and £30m man Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mochengladbach, who came on as a substitute in Sunday's loss. 

It is set to be another transfer window of frustration for the Arsenal supporters if they don't secure more signings - can Wenger and the board surprise us all?

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