Wenger Apologises To Fans

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger apologised to the club’s supporters after the Gunners lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23644714 on the first day of the Premier League.

Wenger’s side were booed off at full-time, with chants for the Frenchman to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes on 2 September.

‘What hurts me is to disappoint people who love the club,’ said Wenger.

‘I’m here to make them happy and when I do not I can only say sorry, come back and make them happy in the next game.’

Earlier this summer, chief executive Ivan Gazidis revealed that Arsenal were ready to spend big http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22802685 after an ‘escalation in our financial firepower’.

But the only arrival so far is 20-year-old striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from Auxerre, with numerous players leaving http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23139745 Emirates Stadium. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22905732

Wenger confirmed on Thursday that he will attempt to make signings http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23716227 right up until the transfer deadline at 23:00 BST on 2 September, and his team seemed to be in need of reinforcements against Villa.

Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal an early lead but Christian Benteke equalised and then put the visitors 2-1 ahead before the Gunners were reduced to 10 men when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a second yellow card.

Antonio Luna, one of six new signings by Paul Lambert, scored a third to complete Villa’s victory as sections of the crowd turned on Wenger, with anger building as the match reached its conclusion.

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