Wenger's view of Arsenal's title near miss infuriates supporters
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has offered up a somewhat controversial view of last season's title race, after claiming his side "finish top of the top four" as they missed out on the big prize.
Wenger's side finished a distant second behind surprise title winners Leicester, sparking a fresh round of criticism for the Frenchman who has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996.
Arsenal are struggling to make progress in the transfer market this summer, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis suggested his club could not compete with some of their Premier League rivals for the game's top players.
Now Wenger had added to the concern of Arsenal fans with a view of last season's title race that few seen to agree with.
"If you analyse well our season, we finished top of the top-four," stated Wenger, as he looked back on last season.
"We lost maximum points against the teams between five and nine. Maybe the games we were expected to win, we did, but against teams like Southampton and Swansea, we dropped too many points.
"On the other hand, we had a good defensive record, overall, but we can still strengthen that. And we were a bit short of goals scored.
"We didn't convert enough chances we created. We created the most in the league but our finishing was not as good as the season before.
"You say we should have won the league, but Leicester lost only three games during the season and won the league.
"You have to respect their performance. It's not the name that wins the league, it's the quality of the performances."
Wenger went on to defend his transfer policy, as he insisted he will only sign players if he feels that will add to his squad.
"We are still on the market at the front and the back. Unfortunately we are not alone," he added.
"I buy players that I feel can strengthen our team. Today, you have to be very strong inside the club when you are responsible, not to just buy to buy.
"There is always a wave of opinions, and people are better informed today than all the players.
"They always tell you to buy but when you ask who to buy, they become much shorter, because if you look at the market in Europe there is a lot of money available, but not many players that really strengthen the teams.
"And if you look at who is spending the most in Europe, they are not the teams that won the leagues.
"The global investment of all the clubs around us didn't stop Leicester winning the league. So we have to focus on our quality, and try to strengthen our team."
The reaction of Arsenal fans on Twitter to these comments from Wenger had been a mixture of the angry and the unprintable:
This can't be a real quote. It can't https://t.co/n5O37jPjm0— I (@ih_afc) July 30, 2016
100% sure he didn't say this. Just media twisting words again. https://t.co/yldcNfII5b— Joga (@TakeaBowPires) July 30, 2016
@RealKevinPalmer there's no way he said this— Miran S. (@therealbozz) July 30, 2016
He did not say this! I refuse to believe it 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/4F2bm9lOui— C.B la Flare (@G_Gatman) July 30, 2016
@RealKevinPalmer Comments like that don't help matters. The same with Gazidis saying we can't compete with the other top clubs financially.— Paul Griffin (@PGriffinFC) July 30, 2016
We now wait to see if he has a transfer breakthrough to keep his critics quiet in the next few weeks.