Arsenal started the new Premier league season in the worst possible manner after 3-1 defeat at home against Aston Villa. This was the same Aston Villa team that finished close to the relegation zone last season. It was a very poor display by the team and it also did not help that Arsenal suffered several injury problems during the course of the match. This has reduced an already under strength team into a threadbare squad. This has put the chances of Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League group stages in serious doubt. They will be taking on Turkish club Fenerbahce in the qualifying match on Tuesday.
Most of the players who played against Villa are expected to be in the starting line-up, while the bench could also feature several youngsters as well. Arsenal have not signed any major player in this transfer window, and they are showing signs of panic buying in the last few weeks. Wenger, though, refused to buy players just for the sake of it. He has said that the club has been in the market so far, but they have been unable to bring in any players. They will be interested only in the right players at the right prices.
“Why isn’t it being spent. I can return your question. Why isn’t it being won by the players on the pitch? We do not spend the money because we do not find the players. I am not the only one for that. We have a team that works on that and if they are not ready then that is good enough for us. I am disappointed when our fans are not happy, but we haven’t lost a game because of our performance. We are in the market to buy players,” said Wenger after the Aston Villa defeat.