Jamie Carragher: Why wasn’t Wenger in the market for Costa.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher thinks Costa is the kind of striker Arsenal needed. He criticises Wenger for buying for the future and not the present.

“Chelsea finished three points ahead of Arsenal in third place,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“But Wenger had the better campaign, as he finished it with the FA Cup.

“Mourinho knows there is going to be scrutiny on him and his position this season if he does not

succeed, so he has strengthened his squad impressively.

“In came proven winners — headed by Diego Costa, Cesc Fàbregas and Didier Drogba — and the results, bar an unexpected stutter against Schalke in midweek, are there for all to see. Chelsea are favourites to lift the Barclays Premier League after four straight victories.”

Carrager also wrote: “Wenger, by contrast, buys players with the future in mind. Take Danny

Welbeck and Calum Chambers. Both are fine prospects, but there isn’t the same scrutiny on Wenger from the boardroom as there is with Mourinho. It’s like he’s always looking to tomorrow, not addressing today.

“Why wasn’t Wenger in the market for Costa when everyone knew Arsenal needed a proven striker?

“Why not try to sign Petr Cech, the best goalkeeper in the Premier League last year? Yes, Alexis Sánchez has quality but was he really what Arsenal required?”

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