This headline is the words of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who thinks that the Gunners are capable of winning the Premiership title either with or without Suarez.
Arsenals move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez seems to have stalled with both clubs miles apart in the valuation of the player with Arsene Wenger making a club record bid of £40 million plus £1 for the Uruguayan.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers meanwhile cites reals Madrid’s bid of £100 million for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale saying that there is no way he is worth more than double the value of Luis Suarez.
So far despite promises of exciting new signings Wenger has managed to bring in a young Frenchman on a free transfer and with August already here Gooners are starting to say that Wenger will not bring in any new blood due to the other top clubs paying inflated prices that he refuses to pay yet remains confident that with their current squad Arsenal can compete for the title.
“Yes, of course. I am confident. Why should I sit here and say to you we can
Absolutely not win the title with the players we have?” said Wenger, talking after the pre-season 2-2 draw with Napoli in the Emirates Cup.
“I never said we have made a bid to Liverpool, now I can tell you we have made one, so at least that is some information. All the rest, I would like to keep to us,” the Frenchman added.
“If we progress in that situation, we will inform you. At the moment, that is
where we are. We will treat every transfer with the rules we have always done until now, that is in a fair and respectful way.
“We have one month in front of us and we will work very hard to strengthen our squad, without naming any specific names, because I do not believe that will make negotiations easier.
“When you want to buy any player you need the agreement of the club, of the
player and you need to agree a price, so you need three agreements.
“What is important is we focus on the players we have, that we are not too much drawn into these stories.”
One place Wenger might want to consider strengthening is in the defence, after a poor performance that allowed Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev to put the Italian club in control.