The Chelsea boss had insisted that the Frenchman should “get a calculator” when looking at his side’s signings over the last few years but the Arsenal manager refused to bite back
Arsene Wenger has responded to Jose Mourinho’s assertion that the Arsenal boss should “get a calculator” insisting that he gets “different reproaches” to his spending habits and that he’ll let other people do the talking.
Mourinho again called into question his rival’s transfer dealings with his latest barb on Monday, claiming that the Gunners should be challenging for the title given their investment in playing staff over the last few seasons.
And when asked his response to Mourinho’s jibe, Wenger refused to bite back at the Blues boss, suggesting that his spending has been justified by the way his players have developed at the Emirates Stadium.
He told reporters: “We spend when we think we have to spend and do not listen too much to what people think or say.
“You must not listen too much to what people say because sometimes in the same week I get two different reproaches. One is that I don’t spend enough and another is I spend too much.
“If you want to create success – which we want desperately – we must focus on what happens inside, just try to do as well as we can and believe in the football we want to play and play it as well as we can and let other people talk.
“We just try to make the right decisions. When you have the money available, we spend it. When we don’t have it, we don’t spend the money we haven’t got.”
Wenger was also asked about his pursuit of Eden Hazard before the Chelsea winger joined the Premier League champions from Lille and insists that he was “a few millions” short of being able to take the Belgian to Arsenal.