Thierry Henry has questioned the Arsenal board’s transfer attitude on Sky Sports Super Sunday, after their 4-3 loss to Liverpool.
It was a game where Liverpool looked like a rejuvenated side from last year, with the addition of Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum.
Arsenal on the other hand, looked flat, and lacked depth as manager Arsène Wenger was forced to play a young and inexperienced squad. Despite leading early through Theo Walcott, Arsenal disappeared and found themselves trailing by three goals after an hour of play.
Home fans remained in their seats, as their side made an attempt to work back into the contest. It didn’t stop them from voicing their frustrations, after Wenger’s inexperienced defence were hung out to dry.
Wenger is still yet to make a replacement signing after losing newly appointed captain and defender Per Mertesacker to a knee-injury for the rest of the year. With Gabriel also out for 2 months and Laurent Koscielny struggling for fitness, Arsenal are in desperate need of an experienced defender.
The thing I don’t understand is, we’ve been told that Arsenal are wealthy, that we have money, that we can compete against anyone in the market,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“But when the season starts, we can’t compete in the market. So which one is it? I just don’t understand.
In a post match press conference, Wenger blamed the Euros and lack of preparation as reasoning for his unusual squad selection. He also stated the inexperience of his selected defenders played a part in their loss.
“It is an impossible situation to get players back from the Euros and prepare,” Wenger told the BBC.
As of late, Arsenal have been the laughing stock of the Premier League transfer window, failing to make any big name signings.
The Gunners have lost their ‘big four status’, and their appeal to attract big name players to the club.
“Are Arsenal still the first choice in England? If a big player becomes available on the market, first of all, can you compete? Can you put the money on the table?”
“Next, is the money stupid? We all know the money is stupid but you have to pay,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“And finally does the player want to come to Arsenal? That’s something we all need to take into consideration. So are we still the first choice in England? I don’t think so.”
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