"If you bring me players who are better than those we have, I promise you we will look at them," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday. "There is a shortage of top, top talent and many clubs who have money. It is a bit frustrating [when people talk about a crisis]. We just beat Manchester City 3-1 [in a friendly]. Imagine had we lost."
Well, imagine no more, Arsene. Starting the season with just one new signing on the bench, 20-year-old free agent Yaya Sanogo, Arsenal lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa. Though Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the sixth minute, Aston Villa were awarded two penalties and Laurent Koscielny was sent off in the 67th minute before Villa finished the game with a third goal in the 85th minute. Arsenal fans booed, told Wenger that he doesn't know what he's doing and demanded that he spend the money that they've been told is available to him.
If the whole strange mess can be summed up in one photograph, it's the one above. A defiant and miserable Wenger with his back to a fan holding up a sign that reads, "Spend spend spend." But if that isn't enough to drive the point home, here are several more pictures of Arsene Wenger looking grumpy...
"Confidence in my own players backfiring..."
"I wonder what Thierry Henry is doing right now..."
"Maybe I should spend some money."