Signing frustrated cast-offs will not solve my injury crisis, insists Wenger
Arsene Wenger is refusing to step
into the mid-season transfer market to solve Arsenal's injury crisis
because, he says, players signed in January are self-serving and not
committed to the cause.
On the eve of his injuryhit side's
trip to Swansea, the Arsenal manager said he prefers to wait for his
trusted individuals to return rather than take a financial hit on any
number of wantaways, many of whom, he says, are simply frustrated rather
than having a genuine desire for a new challenge elsewhere.
Bargain bye: Wenger won't be tempted by the January sales
'You find players who have not been playing at their clubs, so decide they will leave in January,' he said. 'They are already less committed to the cause. We have gone from a period when even if you didn't play, you had to be committed to your club and had no other option than to fight. Now you have a quick and easy way out. I would either leave the window open, or close it completely. This is just in between when everyone gets nervous around November.
'Sometimes, if a player hasn't played, by the time they are fit, you have your own injured players back. Or you find a young player somewhere who can take three or four months to adjust to the Premier League. If we can get Thomas Vermaelen back next week, we have enough players available.'
As for today's opponents, Wenger has nothing but praise for the job Brendan Rodgers is doing. 'They pass the ball well. They remind me a bit of Blackpool last season, brave but perhaps not quite so adventurous. It's a kind of creative possession and all credit to the manager.'