Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Can't Be Patient Despite Arsene Wenger's Remarks

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 8:   Referee Anthony Taylor discusses the new technology with Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger during the Goal Decision System (GDS) media event at the Emirates Stadium on August 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Arsenal fans have had plenty of time to digest their team's opening-day loss, and Arsene Wenger's recent comments won't sit well as the team can't afford to be patient.

The club's shocking 3-1 loss to Aston Villa, with game recap courtesy of the AP via, was tough for fans to handle. Controversial calls gave Villa two penalties, which both led to goals, and Arsenal had to play a man down for much of the second half.

Wenger shared his thoughts on his team's approach to the transfer window deadline, via Sky Sports

Why isn't it being spent. I can return your question. Why isn't it being won by the players on the pitch? We do not spend the money because we do not find the players. I am not the only one for that.


We are in the market to buy players. Everybody knows, but until we do we have to win games.

His comments did a couple of things. For starters, he puts the responsibility for the club's loss on the players. He also clarified that the club is actively looking, but that he is looking for the right players.

The Gunners were without Nacho Monreal and captain Thomas Vermaelen in the back, and then Kieran Gibbs was taken off during the game.

Fans don't care what he says at this point. They want him to spend money and improve the squad.

Gerard Brand of the Independent believes that the Gunners are not going to get Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney. The Mirror's Matt Law has the Gunners interested in striker Michu. He also lists Manchester City defender Micah Richards, Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran and PSV Eindhoven's wing Zakaria Bakkali as possible targets.

Some of those options may be more realistic than others. 

Wenger must now deliver players to win back the fans. The club has had to play short-handed because of injuries, and now is the time for the manager to act.

The performance over the weekend was extremely shocking. Nobody could have seen it coming, and the way they lost didn't help.

A quick goal by Olivier Giroud started the season off right, but penalties soon followed as the club seemed to struggle the rest of the match. Controversial calls made it tough for fans to feel good about the outcome at all. 

The players do need to be held accountable, which is something that Wenger tried to stress. Arsenal had plenty of time to answer after Villa tied the game and later after Villa took the lead. 

At some point, Arsenal need to make a move. Money is available, so there is no reason for them to stand still. Wenger claims to be looking for the perfect fit, but the club is in need of a boost.

Bringing in a high-class striker would be a good start. The Gunners disappointed over the weekend, and a move has to be made soon. 

Wenger doesn't appear to feel a sense of urgency and will wait for something to present itself instead of actively pursuing great talents.

The clock is ticking for the Gunners to make a move. They have been passive so far, but it is time for them to step up their pursuit of players.