The Gunners fell 1-0 at Stoke City in a game they could have won with all the chances they created, an Alexandre Lacazette goal disallowed – rather wrongly – as offside, and a penalty claim in the first half.
After such a result, Arsene Wenger admitted that he was not in a ‘transfer mode’, and either way, Arsenal need to sell first, before buying new players.
I expect to sell players first. I expect some players to go because we have too many players and it is not manageable. Many clubs are in this situation which is why the transfer market is quiet. We have 33 players at the moment, and that is too many players
the Frenchman told reporters after the game at bet365 Stadium, which Stoke City won thanks to a newly-signed Jese goal early in the second half.
I am not in transfer mode after a game like that. We are more disappointed at the moment rather than thinking about buying players straight away tonight
the Arsenal manager also said. As for the penalty that his team were not given when Hector Bellerin went down after a Mame Biram Diouf challenge, Wenger more than implied that Arsenal are simply not given fair treatment by the referees in the Premier League.
We know we don’t get penalties, we know that. Look at the numbers and you will see. Look at the statistics and that is it. Penalties, we had last year the highest number of penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us. So I give you just the numbers, I don’t say anything else
Wenger said, obviously frustrated.