Arsenal FC manager confirms double swoop for Pérez and Mustafi
Arsene Wenger set to splash the cash to strengthen Arsenal squad
August 26th, 2016
Arsenal supporters have been critical about the lack of transfer activity taking place at the Emirates this summer, although that looks all set to change before the window slams shut.
That’s because news broke on Friday that Arsene Wenger was about to sign Lucas Pérez and Shkodran Mustafi, with the Frenchman confident of completing the transfers and significantly bolstering his squad.
Pérez will arrive from Deportivo La Coruna, with the forward having scored 17 La Liga goals last season and he will offer competition to Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck for attacking positions.
Meanwhile, Mustafi will arrive from Valencia where he has been captain of the team and the German central defender could well be the man to partner Laurent Koscielny at the back.
Wenger claims that the double signing is not a reaction to the supporters calling for new faces but a case of making the “right decisions”.
“I’m happy when our supporters are happy,” he said. “But my job is to make the right decisions, if that is exactly similar to the contract of the players and that maintains the supporters being happy – that is even better. I focus first on making the right decisions for the club.
“We are working on the deals. We are not close enough to announce today that they will sign for us, and will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window? I am 99% confident.
“It was a strange transfer market. I expected it to be easier than ever but it was more difficult than ever. Not a lot has happened. It looks like when you meet other clubs and you have an English passport, you hit these prices which are very difficult to understand compared to the quality of the players.
“It looks like it will be frenetic for me in the last three days. Everybody has sat on their pounds until now. We know they will all splash out now. I expect the next three days to be very busy, so be on alert!”