Arsene Wenger has sarcastically apologised for the fact that Rob Holding “did not cost £55m” so that his critics over transfer spending can be appeased.
“I don’t understand why you say I am reluctant (to spend money),” he said after Arsenal’s goalless draw at Leicester.
“If I buy you for £45m tomorrow, does it mean I have done well? If I listen to you then I will have done well because I spent the money, but spending the money in itself is not the quality.
“Spending the money and getting a top player; that is different and we are ready to do that. I will spend £300m if I find the player, if I have £300m. We are a club who have 600 employees, who need to have a responsible attitude as well.”
“The fans are highly influenced by the media and that’s part of the process today.
“We try to make the right decisions. We have a whole team working on strengthening the team. I am not the only one. If we can find players who can strengthen our team then we will do that.
“It is a bit surprising that we come out of a football match and we do not speak about the football, we speak about money.