Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that he will not change his transfer plans for the summer following a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City.
The Gunners commanded the game with more than 77 percent possession, but they failed to find the cutting edge on the day. The Gunners have brought in just two players in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette during this summer’s transfer window while their pursuit of Monaco’s Thomas Lemar appears to have reached a standstill.
With just 10 days left in the transfer window, teams from across the Premier League are looking to reinforce their respective squads, but Wenger appears content with the options in hand. The long-standing manager insists that he is focused on reducing the overall numbers in his first-team squad as it is already unmanageably big.
“I expect to sell players first, you know, that’s all. I expect some players to go because we have too many players and it’s not manageable. Many clubs are in this situation that’s why the transfer market is quiet. So we have 33 players at the moment. That’s too many players! I am not after a game like that just in a transfer mode. We are more disappointed than straight away thinking about buying players tonight,” he said in his press-conference following the game.
Arsenal have now failed to win their first two games of the season for the eighth season running, and this has already brought a sense of frustration among the club’s faithful, who are calling an end to the club’s Premier League challenge. The Gunners take on Liverpool in their next league outing, and the game promises to be a thriller with Alexis Sanchez expected to be back in the club’s shirt for the first time since last season. The Chilean has been recovering from an abdominal strain sustained prior to the Community Shield game versus Chelsea earlier this month.