Arsenal Banter brings you latest update on Arsenal news from top media sites like Daily Mail, Metro, The Express, The Independent, The Telegraph, SkySports and so on.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke about what he plans in the transfer market and seemingly compared Rob Holding’s price tag to that of John Stones and proved how much you spend in the market does not determine success.
“ Let’s not forget the amount of money spent is not a guarantee of success. We have to be clear what we understand as a big signing. Is (Rob) Holding a big signing for you or not?” he said to beIN Sports.
“When you buy a player for £40m, everybody will have at the start a positive judgement. When you buy him for £2m, he can’t be good? That means a big signing is not necessarily linked with the amount of money spent.”
Manchester City bought John Stones for £47 million from Everton last summer and the English centre-back has struggled to make an impact in his debut season at the Etihad Stadium.
Rob Holding transferred to Arsenal for just £2m from Bolton the same summer and is believed to have made more impact in his first season as a Gunner than the former and is already negotiation with Arsenal for a contract extension.
Holding appeared in the FA Cup final triumph over the Premier League champions, keeping the likes of Diego Costa at bay at Wembley. Stones on the other hand ended his season without winning a trophy but did help the Sky Blues secure a Champions League qualification next season.
Wenger has spoken out about the contrasting transfer fees between the two players and unfair media treatment before, saying: “ Nobody speaks about the performance of Rob Holding, you should be happy. He’s English, he’s 20-years-old – but I’m sorry he didn’t cost £55m.”
The Arsenal boss may speaking about the general public at large in his earlier comments about Holding but he is certainly of the belief that he got the better deal than Manchester City did with Stones.