Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has claimed that Arsene Wenger does not focus on spending big on defensive options.
The pundit spoke on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme about Arsenal’s defensive frailties and, as quoted by Metro, discussed why Wenger does not splash on bolstering his side’s defence.
Maybe he doesn’t see it as a problem when we can all see it is. In the history of Arsenal, Kolo Toure was almost nothing, Sol Campbell was nothing. I know we’re talking about other times, now the price goes beyond what it should be.
Arsenal made moves for attackers like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window but, yet again, attention towards the team’s defensive issues was minimal.
That’s the story with Arsene, it seems like he doesn’t what to pay big, he thinks the players are not worth the price on the table.
But it’s a new era, you need £60-£70m to get a good player – I think he finds that really difficult, he does it easily for strikers or creative players. We’re speculating but it’s a weird one. In some games they show us they can go it, but there is no consistency.
The Gunners were keen to land Jonny Evans from West Brom in the summer transfer window and were claimed to have revisited their interest in January.
However, their offer for the Northern Ireland international was claimed to be derisory, further highlighting Henry’s viewpoint that Wenger is not overly concerned by his team’s failure to consistently keep clean sheets.
Arsenal are currently sat in sixth place on the Premier League table and have conceded the highest number of goals in comparison with the other top clubs in the division.