A lot have been said about Arsene Wenger’s media work in Brazil with French TV TF1. With many fans criticising the Frenchman for putting Arsenal’s interest to the back burner to pursue his media work in Brazil.
But report coming out of Brazil is that the Frenchman has been using his time at the World Cup to conduct some transfer activities. He is reported to have met with agents of possible targets.
French journalist Francois Piraux took to social media site twitter to report that Arsene Wenger left his punditry work at the World Cup on Monday to meet with agents. It remains to be seen whether this work of his at the World Cup will yield any result at the end of the day.
Over the years, Wenger’s punditry work at major tournament has yielded some result particularly with the signing of Andre Arshavin in 2009 after he was extensively scouted at Euro 2008. Wenger commented severally about the Russian during the tournament after he starred in Austria/Switzerland. But despites all the accolades, it took Arsenal 6 months to sign him.
Such delays to this summer’s transfer window will not do the club any good. It is important that the club gets it right this transfer window. The month of June is already coming to a close and as of yet no signings have been made.
By exception other rivals are quietly going about their business, yet Arsenal is not close to any signing.
It’s well established that Arsenal are slow in tying up deals in the transfer window. The cliché that a major tournament slows down the possibility of deals being tied have been dispelled with clubs like Chelsea and others known to have announced deals in the last few weeks.
Much have been said about the need for players to be signed early so that they can bed in comfortably for pre-season and eventually settle in before the season starts in earnest.
However, over the years, Arsenal have seldom followed this path preferring to sign players towards the end of the transfer window which meant that some players have initially struggled with Arsenal after they signed as a result of lack of pre season training.
It is imperative that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal gets it right this summer as the stakes every season in the Premier League is getting ever so high. And this season will not be different.
The club cannot afford to adopt it old ways of leaving it late in the transfer window as the fixture list for the early weeks of the coming season does not look kind on paper. So the club should go all out in the transfer window and match it words with actions this time around.