Piers Morgan slams ‘arrogant’ Arsene Wenger over Arsenal transfers

Piers Morgan was not too happy about Arsenal's lack of transfer activity on deadline day

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Arsenal shareholder Piers Morgan Photo: Screengrab

Piers Morgan has launched a fresh stinging attack on Arsene Wenger in the wake of the Arsenal manager’s decision not to sign any new players on transfer deadline day.

Many of the club’s fans were crying out for new signings as the clock ticked down on the summer window on Tuesday but the north London club ended up not bringing in any new faces to add to the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea earlier this summer.

Arsenal were linked with a deadline-day swoop for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and were reported to be interested in signing Karim Benzema from Real Madrid during the summer as Wenger pondered adding to his attacking options at Emirates Stadium.

Quiet Gunners

Arsenal are the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to have signed an outfield player this summer.

However, Wenger’s failure to bring in a new striker during the summer has left Arsenal shareholder Morgan exasperated, with the former Daily Mirror editor ruling the Gunners out of the Premier League title race.

Morgan said on talkSPORT: “This was the season when all the excuses where supposed to be over.

“According to board member Lord Harris only last month, we have £200m sitting there and we can afford ‘any player in the world Wenger wants, other than possibly Messi and Ronaldo’.

“Yesterday the deadline elapsed and I spent more money buying a cup of coffee in Starbucks for £2.50 than Arsene Wenger spent in the window after initially buying Cech earlier in the summer.

“Wenger has spent £10m out of £200m at his disposal. Arsenal fans know what we need, we know we haven’t had a first class centre-forward since Van Persie betrayed us and went to Man United.

“We do not have a centre forward who is going to win us the league – Giroud will not win us the league.

I think it’s a shameful abrogation of your duties as Arsenal manager

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“I cannot understand why Wenger would do this. Why, when we are on the cusp of potentially challenging again, when you have £200m at your disposal, do you literally do nothing?

“I think it’s a shameful abrogation of your duties as Arsenal manager, I think it is further indicative – to me – than he is not the Arsene Wenger he was ten years ago, and I’m afraid that because of his inaction in this transfer window, arsenal are likely to come third or fourth again or potentially slip out of the top four.

“The idea that we’re on anywhere the same level as Manchester City is laughable. I think we’ll be about 15 points adrift of City, minimum, this season and for me that’s inexcusable.

“I think Arsene Wenger was one of the greatest managers the world has ever seen for eight years, but for the next ten years he’s been unbelievably disappointing my eyes.

“This behaviour yesterday in the transfer window absolutely personifies the stubbornness, the arrogance, the intransigence and the ‘I know best’ mentality Wenger has.”

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