Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the quality of the match is more important than transfer talk
Arsene Wenger has dismissed the whirlwind of transfer speculation surround Arsenal saying that tomorrow night’s match against Fenerbahce is what really matters.
The Gunners have been linked, unsuccessfully, with a series of targets over the summer. The latest player to be targeted by the north London club is Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye.
But Wenger insists he’s more interested is the quality of the game, not the newspaper talk.
He said: “I repeat many, many times that the transfer window should be over before the season starts because it is a little bit destabilising once the season has started – to be there talking about what is not really important in football.
“What is important in football is to go out [on Wednesday] night and see a good game. All that other stuff is good for the newspapers, but it is not real football. What is real football is the quality of the game and for me that is always the most important thing.”
The Frenchman also confirmed that youngster Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will probably not require surgery and will be out for six weeks rather than the four months initially feared.
“He has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched,” said Wenger.
“We don’t think it will need surgery, but it will be at least six weeks out.”