Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham outlines January transfer plans

first_imgArsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Pepe from Lille (Picture: Getty)Asked if Arsenal have any plans to bring in big-name players in January, Venkatesham told Bloomberg: ‘Well listen, we’ve just been through the transfer period in the summer, that’s what we always call the main transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that we’re very excited about, predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years.‘When we look forward to January, we’ll see when January comes. I’d say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The January window is the one where you need to be a bit more tactical, maybe responding to an injury or another demand. But really our work is done in the summer and we’re really pleased with what we did in the summer.’Pressed on whether the defence would be strengthened again, he continued: ‘Listen, as I’ve said, we’ve been really focused over the summer, we made some defensive reinforcements signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic. Advertisement Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham outlines January transfer plans Arsenal’s transfer committee were praised for the club’s summer business (Picture: Getty)‘We’re looking forward to seeing how those players progress and how they do over the course of the season.‘The players that we look for are the players we believe will make the biggest impact on the pitch from a sporting perspective.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img The Gunners are likely to be more reactive in the January window (Picture: Getty)Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham has played down the likelihood of the Gunners being as active in the January transfer window as they were over the summer.The north London club broke their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe in a £72million deal, while they also brought in William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and Dani Ceballos on loan.Despite the reinforcements, Arsenal will be in a battle to finish in the top four again, though Venkatesham says the side are unlikely to strengthen further unless injury strikes. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Sep 2019 1:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link511Shares Commentlast_img read more

Shane Warne didn’t respect Buchanan as a coach: Michael Clarke

first_imgSydney: Ex-Australia skipper Michael Clarke has revealed that legendary spinner Shane Warne shared a boisterous relationship with former coach John Buchanan and they never got along.Speaking on Big Sports Breakfast, Clarke said: “The fact him and John didn’t get on and Warnie didn’t respect John Buchanan as a coach at all, that he thought I’m not getting told what to do from this dude.”“If it was Ricky Ponting there, Warnie would have found a way to either bite his tongue or he might have said something to Ricky one-on-one … it wouldn’t have been in front of everyone. At that stage Warnie was so done with John Buchanan he didn’t care,” he added.Clarke, the 2015 World Cup-winning captain, also divulged details of the Australian dressing room culture when both him and Warne were together in the side. He said that the leg-spinner chose cigarettes for the three-day training camp instead of the essential items which the players were allowed.“For someone like Warnie who loved a smoke, he pretty much told them he is not coming unless he can bring his smokes. It was World War five,” Clarke said.According to the 39-year-old, Warne and Buchanan had a deal where the latter told the former that he would have to chuck a piece of clothing for every pack of cigarettes he took.“Warnie flicked his three pairs of undies, flicked his three pairs of socks and put six packs of darts in and off we went.“In the middle of the bush, sleeping bag only, no cover, no shelter, on the ground and it was pitch black. All you could see was this orange light coming out of someone’s sleeping bag and it was Warnie just sucking his dart back,” Clarke said. IANSAlso Read: Sachin Tendulkar hardest batsman to get out because of technical strength: Michael ClarkeAlso Watch: Quick Shoppe in Guwahati takes precautionary measures against the spread of Coronaviruslast_img read more