Arsenal Boss Explains Why He Turned Down £35m Midfield Pair Barry & Alonso

Wenger gives his reasons for not pursuing midfield pair.

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Wenger revealed why he had not bought either Xabi Alonso or Gareth Barry in the summer.

“I have been criticised for not hiring Xabi Alonso or Gareth Barry. But if I signed them, I would have killed Song, Diaby and Denilson,” he insisted.

“My principles have forbidden me to do that. Actually, the moment when I was the most criticised at Arsenal, last season, was the moment when I did the most for the club.

“I told the shareholders we have to trust this team. Everything is based on my own conviction. If in two years I don’t have any success, it will be my fault. It is a bet I made.” (Sky Sports)

Arsene Wenger has always trusted to youth and to his ability to shape tomorrow’s talent today rather than going for the easy option of spending through the nose for this year’s “Big Thing”. There will be some who believe that on occasion the balance of youth and experience has been unevenly weighted in the favour of young budding talent but it seems that his squad is now on a more even keel.

As for the two players themselves I rate Xabi Alonso and believe he would suit any side wonderfully well and Real Madrid were on to a winner when they persuaded the former Liverpool midfielder to return to his native Spain, as for Gareth Barry I have never been a huge fan of the England international and honestly feel that at no point would the Manchester City man be more useful than who we have had in that particular position.

Alex Song and Denilson have both come on leaps and bounds this term and Abou Diaby seems in recent weeks to have been a more consistent character but all three are very much works in progress but player’s who will more than likely prove to be of great benefit to the club.

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