Wenger: Suarez, Rooney & Higuain Are ‘Realistic Targets’

By on July 13, 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain are all realistic targets this summer with the club now in a financial position to compete for the world’s best talent.

The boss was in front of the world’s media on Friday afternoon in Indonesia as we prepare for our first pre-season game against an Indonesia All Star XI this Sunday and he was in bullish mood, insisting that after years of struggling to compete, the club now has the financial resources to go after the top talent.

Three players who fall into that category who have been strongly linked with a move to north London in recent weeks are Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, with various reports claiming we’ve made offers for the strikers.

Predictably, Wenger was quizzed on his interest in the trio and he told the Mirror that while they are realistic targets, they are all under contract and it’s up to the selling club to decide if they are available for transfer.

“They are all realistic targets, quality-wise, but not all of them are available to join us.

“First of all, all those players are under contract and it is the club that decides their contract, they decide if they can go and after, if they go, if they can join us.

“We have better financial resources than the years before – resources we have created ourselves. That is massively important to us.

The boss then claimed the club are working hard behind the scenes and will try and get their business done before the start of the new season, but insists they are looking for quality, not quantity.

“We will see what we can do until the end of the transfer period, and certainly before the new season starts. That’s what we are working on at the moment.

“The fans, the players and everybody is reassured by big names, always, but what is important is that we don’t need numbers, we need quality.

“For years, we were out of the race for the top level transfers, but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation on that front and also because of Financial Fair Play.

“We want to bring in players and strengthen the squad. I expect that to happen. We are working very hard on it and I’m confident we will be able to do it.”

So some positive words from Wenger. I’d expect nothing less to be honest. Ivan Gazidis was equally open about the clubs ability to compete at the top end of the transfer market when he spoke back in April and the boss seems confident we’ll be able to bring in some world class talent before the season starts. Whether it comes to fruition is another question though.

We’ve heard all this ‘working hard behind the scenes’ before only to be told ‘we didn’t find what we were looking for’ or ‘our targets weren’t available’ when the window closes. So like many Gunners fans, I’ll reserve my judgement until September 2nd when the windows shut.

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Do you think we’ll end up buying big names? Or will we be left disappointed once again?


  1. Ime Aniedi Asuquo

    July 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I really want Wenger to go for top class players like Higuain,Fellani,Rooney and suarez inorder to strengthen Arsenals’ attack.

    • Fitz

      July 14, 2013 at 2:33 am

      Wenger wants new contract, Wenger makes out he is really going after serious big-hitters; Wenger gets new contract, Wenger ends up buying some cheap French tosser from the Marseilles Sunday League — Yawn, ZZZZZZ, snore etc. Business as usual for the Arse eh?!

  2. salim m nasir

    July 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Wenger is a layer,I will never trust his words again,coz the man is very stupid

    • Sid

      July 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Wenger is A brick layer? Interesting hobby he has. Maybe he had more of a hand in actually building the new stadium than we all thought.

    • Nwokoma Ndubueze

      July 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Why do you call hm stupid? He old enough 2 be your father fool like you

  3. Henry egbule

    July 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Wenger shuld buy not by makin mouth; othr club hv buy player will hv not even buy one; wenger a lieyr

  4. Ezenwa Ezebuiro

    July 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Please Wenger should not fail to bring in Higuain this summer. He is the kind of player Arsenal really needs up front. I believe we shall win a lot this time.

  5. gunners blaze

    July 13, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Wenger is a basterd he lost his trust in all arsenal fans I don’t belive him

  6. Henry egbule

    July 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Wenger will price the good players but cannot even buy one; just to price and othrs will buy

  7. Akeem Ajeigbe

    July 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Wenger has to really go all out to bring in world class players this summer. I’m not going to mention any names but I hope his words this time around aren’t lies as we’ve heard severally before. I still believe he’s the man to take us forward.

  8. bigmanthing

    July 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Wenger please buy quality players,, Higuain,Fellani,suarez..please

  9. mahad

    July 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    winger no get nothing more interesting no bay

  10. joshua

    July 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    arsene wenger should not fail to bring fellani,higuin,rooney,suarez to emirate stadium this season

  11. yusuf suleiman

    July 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Wenger should pls buy top class players for arsenal this time around we don’t want any stories again. Arsenal have been like this for the past 8 years and fans are tired, something has to be done……….we want trophies @ arsenal this coming season.

  12. bosunmangunner

    July 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Wenger please stop talking. Buy one quality player and tell us more are coming then we would take you for your word.

  13. Akinlolu mayorzee

    July 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Go to market and buy quality players and stop talking. We are tired of stories.

  14. Nwokoma Ndubueze

    July 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm


  15. Ubayaka

    July 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I trust wenger he will buy quality players if not he would have bought wanyama,bony and michu whom are good players but not yet quality players.

  16. sadiq

    July 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t know why this old man is always laying to Arsenal fans. Shut your mouth up,he will not make any additional of player.

  17. adedayo akanni

    July 14, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Pls wenger market and buy better players for us, bcos were tied of dis will need trophy @ arsenal

  18. Emmanuel Sam

    July 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    wanger pls buy us players we r tired of ur story. Do something b4 I round out of patients 4 u………………

  19. london jude

    July 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Wenger never we 2gether nd make us proud dis coming season

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