Friday 19 January 2018

Arsene Wenger discusses Man United's spending spree and why he didn't bid for Raheem Sterling

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United have been stung into spending big in the transfer market after they only finished fourth in the Premier League last season.

The midfield duo of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been joined by Italy defender Matteo Darmian on the club's pre-season trip to America, with Wenger suggesting United's spending splurge will bolster their hopes when the Premier League gets under way next month.

“We knew they wouldn’t be happy with finishing outside the top three and that they would respond,” stated Wenger.

“They have made some interesting signings. They came out of the season thinking they have to rebuild their midfield, and they did it by buying two important players - Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin. They are two top-class players.

“One who is now coming up to the top level in Schneiderlin, and one who has done it all. It will be interesting to see how they mix with the other players.”

Wenger also offered up some views on Raheem Sterling's £49m move to Manchester City, as he insisted he was never interested in signing the Liverpool youngster.

"It looked a done deal for a while because Sterling said he wanted to leave,” Wenger continued. “For me Sterling is a top-class player. It’s a good buy for Man City. An expensive one, but they can afford it.

“Personally I like him. I didn’t make a bid because he plays in an area where we have plenty of players. We have Welbeck, Walcott, Chamberlain, Sanchez, Wilshere can play there, Gnabry. He’s a wide player basically, or behind the striker.”

The Arsenal boss also hinted he would look to add to his squad in the coming weeks, with Petr Cech his marquee signing so far this summer.

“If we find ideally what we want, we are still hoping to do something else,” concluded Wenger.

“It doesn’t depend only on us, it depends on whether we can find them, but if we can find one or two players we will do it.

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