With only 180 minutes of football left of the Arsenal season and just 90 of that being of Premier league, the summer transfer window has been seen by many as opened with a huge number of player being linked with a move to the Emirates. But the Gunner boss refutes such suggestion on the grounds of experience.
Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal fans not to expect a rush of new signings early this summer.
The manager, who saw his side sit at the top of the Premier League for more than 100 days this season, insists that getting bodies through the door in a World Cup year is a difficult process.
It has been a campaign of missed opportunities for the Gunners, although they can end their trophy drought with an FA Cup win against Hull City later this month.
The belief is that they need to sign a couple of top players this summer, but the manager doesn’t hold hope for deals to be done early.
“In my experience, in a World Cup year, the transfer business does not get done early,” he said.
“At the moment I have people around me who start to look [at players],” .
“What is available you know always, but we are not on the market specifically at all because teams still play in many countries. After that, from my experience, the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable.
Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there’s not a lot happening. People are away. I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going.”
Wenger admits that it is likely to be a hectic summer window for the club, but he wants to avoid wholesale changes.
“It will be busy but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close,” he said.
“We want to add something that makes us even stronger. But number wise it will not be massive.
Wenger confirmed Laurent Koscielny is close to agreeing a new contract, but he needs a number of new faces in if they are to challenge for titles in Europe and the league.
He has been criticised for a perceived stubbornness in the past, but the Frenchman is in no mood to be dictated to by others as the search for added quality goes on.
You have to be on alert. You speak about Ozil but if we could have done Ozil one month earlier we would have done it. But he was just available for three days. Why? Because the Gareth Bale story lasted for so long and they had so many clauses in his contract that they could not finish it.”
“We have been 128 days top of the league. So we have won the stamina league. But we faded in big games away from home.”
“City scored 100 goals. We scored 66 at the moment. That’s where we have room for improvement.”