Arsene Wenger has warning for Arsenal fans ahead of summer transfer window
12:10 08 May 2014
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of completing transfer business early by saying he is not expecting to be active in the market until after the World Cup.
The Gunners were criticised by fans and pundits last summer for leaving recruitment so late, with marquee signing Mesut Ozil only arriving from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.
But with the World Cup starting not long after the end of the season and running until the middle of July, Wenger is warning fans to expect another quiet opening to the market.
“Honestly, in my experience in a World Cup year, it [business] has never been done early,” the Arsenal boss said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich.
“Everybody is focused on the World Cup. At the moment you can do nothing because the season is not over. We are today, the 8th of May. The 12th of June is the first World Cup game.
“The Champions League final is on the 24th of May and basically two weeks later it is the start of the World Cup. It is unbelievable.
“There is no time between the end of the season and the start of the World Cup. Nobody will do anything before the World Cup starts.”