Under-pressure Gunners boss Arsène Wenger wants a line to be drawn under the club’s tumultuous summer and subsequent humiliation by Manchester United and start afresh, beginning with today’s match against new boys Swansea.
He also claimed that the 5 players who joined Arsenal in the frantic last 48 hours of the transfer window would go some way to reducing fans and players’ disgruntlement after a summer in which both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left the club.
“Yes, the other players could have been a little bit worried about our ambition when they see big players moving out and not big players coming in,”
“When you are a big player the confidence you gain when you look around is about who is around you. It’s important for a football player” continued Wenger.
The French manager added that the mood in the Arsenal camp stayed strong throughout:
“But there was no resentment. There was maybe more, from the players who were here, uncertainty about our potential and our determination to strengthen the squad. But we have mastered the timing of that.”
However, Arsenal fans will not judge him on his words and they will expect to see a vast improvement in the team’s performance today against Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea City.