Wenger vows to avoid transfer mistakes

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Schneiderlin is a target for Arsenal this summer
Schneiderlin is a target for Arsenal this summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will not be rushed into transfer business this summer, as he is prepared to play a waiting game in a bid to sign the right players.

Manchester United started this summer's transfer rush as they signed Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven yesterday, but Wenger is not predicting it will start a rush of signings in the opening phase of the transfer window, as he warned against rushing into big money buys.

Wenger has been heavily linked with a move for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in recent days, but he has insisted he is happy to sit tight and bide his time before making moves for players.

“What you want to do more than early is to do it right and make the right decisions," stated Wenger. 

"Sometimes the opportunity some up early. Last year we did that with Alexis Sanchez. You have to take the opportunity when they come up. That is not only decided by your desire.

"Sanchez was only available last summer if Barcelona bought Luis Suarez and and it was an opportunity we had to take. 

“I don’t believe there will be a lot of big signings in the Premier League this summer, so because the number of players who can strengthen the Premier League clubs are not a massively important in number.

“You can’t just pick players and buy. To strengthen a Premier League club, you need to find top quality and that is not easy.”

Wenger also insisted he will not consider selling winger Theo Walcott this summer, even if the winger declines the chance to sign a new contract with the Gunners ahead of next season.

Walcott's current deal with Arsenal expires in the summer of 2016 and he has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, but Wenger is in no rush to sell.

“We are already talking to him,” Wenger added of Walcott. “Today, I am not in the mode of thinking because I want him to stay.

"When you go into negotiations with a player, it is with a desire for him to stay. He looks keen to do it. I’m keen to do it. Let’s see what comes out.

“The press always ask what we do in case of failure. We want to be successful. In case of failure, that will only be in December next year.”