Arsenal transfer woes due to ‘bad luck’, says Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has cited ‘bad luck’, as a reason for the club’s failure to make any key signings this summer, according to ESPN.

Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo and Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain both appeared close to joining Arsenal only to sign for Wolfsburg and Napoli respectively. Young Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo remains the Gunners’ only summer acquisition so far, despite the large funds that have been made available to Wenger.

The club have also had two bids rejected for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, and have made an attempt to sign Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and Wenger has admitted his frustration with the way things have gone this summer.

He said: “You would be surprised how early we acted [to get players in]. In our job sometimes, you can spend a lot of time, you don’t go on holiday, work on things, and it doesn’t come off.

This is part of the job. A question of patience, of continuing to be completely focused and sometimes nothing happens in five or six weeks. Then sometimes in 24 hours you can do two or three good deals, it’s not predictable.

Maybe it was bad luck. We work very hard on transfers. It didn’t come off as quickly and as well as we would have wanted. In football, you have to deal with every situation and be patient. So as long as the transfer window is open, until the last minute, anything can happen on any front.

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