Arsene Wenger has reiterated his view that signing players is not a quick fix, insisting that buying players is the ‘wrong calculation’ for Arsenal.
The Gunners boss has been coming under increasing pressure for their poor season, with many criticisms aimed at Wenger for refusing to sign an outfield player last summer.
Only Petr Cech was brought in, and although Mohamed Elneny was added in January, it is clear there are some real improvements needed if the North London side are to challenge for the Premier League next season.
However, the Frenchman is not convinced signing players is the answer, claiming: “All this calming people down by buying names, for me that is wrong calculation.
“We want to be a better team and do not look too much at the names. I know it is more flashy, all that, but what is important is the quality of the games.
“We want to win everything. That is the target of every season when you start the season. Next season you have to face the same competition again, don’t worry, and you have all the best managers coming into the league, everyone investing more money, and the competition will be fierce again.
“Do not question our quality, but the margin is very small. The difference at some stage, the turning point at some stage in the season was very small. We were nearly there and as well we played in many competitions. Suddenly you lose one game that is unexpected and our team was very quickly under pressure.
“Our fans have been frustrated and disappointed because they thought we would win the league this season and we didn’t. So are we as well. But that doesn’t mean we have to throw everything away.”
Due to the increasing frustration with Wenger, fan groups Black Scarf Movement, RedAction and the Arsenal Supporters Trust want those present during Saturday’s home fixture with Norwich to raise placards reading: “Time for change. Arsenal is stale, fresh approach needed.”
This is more pressure than he has ever had to deal with at Arsenal, but Wenger has reminded the supporters he remained loyal in difficult circumstances when his reputation was at its strongest, insisting it was his commitment to the club that helped secure the bank loans required to fund their impressive £390million stadium.
“When we built the stadium the banks demanded that I signed for five years,” said the 66-year-old. “I did it. Do you want me to tell you how many clubs I turned down during that period?
“The banks wanted the technical consistency to guarantee that we have a chance to pay (them) back. I did commit and I stayed and under very difficult circumstances. So for me to come back and on top of that (critics) reproach me for not having won the championship during that period it is a bit overboard.
“I accept criticism (but) I think that it is a bit too far.”