Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that he isn’t panic buying this week amid pressure from supporters to spend money and strengthen the squad.
It’s been a slow summer for the Gunners with Granit Xhaka their only notable arrival, and with the transfer deadline fast approaching, time had been running out for Wenger.
The French tactician was coming under intense scrutiny and criticism from supporters, and he has now been forced to defend himself against further questions about whether or not he’s panic buying.
Arsenal are set to complete a double £52m swoop for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez, as noted by The Express.
However, it’s been claimed that sections of supporters are now questioning the logic and sense behind the deals, accusing Wenger of perhaps bowing to the pressure and buying whoever he can.
“Look at my face. Am I the face of somebody who does a panic buy?” he asked the media.
“I am happy when our supporters are happy but my focus is on strengthening the squad in the right way. If you look at the last season for example, it is not necessarily the club who bought the most that is in front.
“It is my job to make the right decisions for the team and the club. At the end of the season you will see if I made it.”
Time will tell as to whether or not Perez and Mustafi are the right men for the Gunners, although they do address key problem areas that needed to be sorted out before the end of the month and in that sense Wenger will be pleased with his work this week, provided the deals are completed.
However, given how long it’s taken, the pressure and anger has built up over that period, and while transfer deals will be crucial this week, Wenger will also know the importance of picking up their first win of the campaign when they travel to Watford on Saturday.