Thierry Henry defends Arsene Wenger over Arsenal’s transfer activity
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says he doesn't believe Arsene Wenger didn't want to sign anyone in transfer market
Thierry Henry has defended Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal manager signed one player in the summer transfer market.
The 64-year-old French coach secured the signing of 33-year-old Czech Republic international Petr Cech in an £11m deal from defending Premier League champions Chelsea in July.
I do not think he did not want to bring in anyone, he wanted to bring players as we know, but it did not happen
However, Arsenal were linked with a big-money move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, whilst Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani was supposedly another target.
Wenger was subjected to heavy criticism on transfer deadline day due to his frugal spending in the transfer market, but his former captain Henry sympathised with the Gunners boss.
“I do not know if the boss wanted Benzema or not, but the player must also want to come,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“What are you going to offer to the guy who is playing for one of the best teams in the world, knowing that he is playing there week in, week out, and performing well?
“So I do not think that Arsene did not want to bring any other players – that would have been another story if he had really said: ‘I do not want to bring in any other players.’ But he said that if it can be done, then I will try to bring someone.
“But how do you get Benzema from Real Madrid when he plays there and Cavani also from Paris Saint-Germain – he scored again at the weekend? It is a difficult one.
“I do not think he did not want to bring in anyone, he wanted to bring players as we know, but it did not happen. ”
Arsenal were 1-0 winners against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The north London side have won two of their opening four games in the English top-flight this season.
Arsenal won back-to-back FA Cups in May after an emphatic victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.