LEICESTER/BURNLEY/WATFORD: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at criticism of his club’s transfer policy after he once again came under pressure from supporters to spend money on new players.
Wenger has made only one major close-season signing, recruiting Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for a reported fee of £35 million.
Xhaka made his full debut in Saturday’s 0-0 Premier League draw at champions Leicester City, but the visiting supporters made their displeasure plain by chanting: “Spend some money!”
Asked by a reporter after the game why he was reluctant to part with the club’s cash, Wenger replied: “Why do you say I’m reluctant? I don’t understand that. If I buy you tomorrow for £45 million, I’ve spent £45 million. Have I done well, yes? If I listen to you, I will have done well, because I have spent the money. But spending the money in itself is not a quality.”
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Klopp baffled by Liverpool meltdown
Jurgen Klopp admitted he was baffled by Liverpool’s surprise defeat at Burnley in which they enjoyed over 80% of possession, but still lost 2-0 to the newly-promoted club.
Reds boss Klopp confessed he thought his team had actually seen more like 90% of the ball at Turf Moor on Saturday, but they failed to create a single noteworthy chance as first-half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray earned Sean Dyche’s team their first points of the season.
“How can I be happy with this?” said Klopp. “Usually, in a game like this, you win if you don’t make mistakes at the wrong moment but we did. We have to accept the result and carry on.”
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Conte salutes spirited Chelsea
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the commitment and focus of his players after their 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.
Late goals by Michy Batshuayi, his first for the club, and Diego Costa gave Chelsea three points that seemed unlikely when Etienne Capoue put Watford ahead early in the second half on Saturday.
“In these two games we have seen the right spirit, the right commitment,” said Conte. “After a bad season like last year’s, it’s not easy to start in a good way and win games.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2016.
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