Graeme Souness praises ‘remarkable’ Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Graeme Souness is full of praise for Arsene Wenger and the way he has handled Arsenal's affairs in the transfer window
Graeme Souness believes that Arsene Wenger deserves credit for the way in which he has been able to keep Arsenal challenging for titles with their current transfer policy.
The Gunners head into Sunday’s north London derby showdown with Tottenham Hotspur in second place in the Premier League table and level on points with leaders Manchester City.
He is prepared to take the criticism if he feels he can’t get exactly what he wants
Wenger was widely criticised for not signing a single outfield player during the summer transfer window s he opted to only bring in goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.
However, Liverpool legend Souness feels that Wenger deserves respect for how he has developed his Arsenal squad in recent years.
Souness told Sky Sports: “Arsene Wenger’s only major signing last summer was Petr Cech and he alone will give them a major chance of winning the Premier League this season. He could be worth anything up to 10 points for them.
“For me, when you look at Wenger’s track record at Arsenal, in terms of his net spend on what he’s bought and what he’s sold, then it is truly remarkable.
“What happens at a lot of big clubs is that there is pressure to improve in every transfer window, but Wenger doesn’t sign players unless he feels he can go out and get the one he really wants.
“He is prepared to take the criticism if he feels he can’t get exactly what he wants in each of those windows – and a lot of flak comes his way because the first time they lose or draw a game, people will say they should have spent more money.
“He won’t take the second or third choice and is willing keep his powder dry if he can’t get the player he wants. Arsenal have the cash to compete with anyone, but the manager is willing to say ‘no’ and sit on the pot of gold.”
Arsenal, who sealed a 3-0 win over Swansea City last weekend, were beaten 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night.
The Gunners are unbeaten in the Premier League since their 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in September.