But did the board back him? No.
Wenger was powerless to stop the dire transfer activity at the Emirates Stadium.
The Arsenal icon was fuming that the board allowed Alexis Sanchez to leave for Manchester United for free. It was also a sin, in his eyes, that Mesut Ozil only signed a new deal with mere months on his current contract to run.
Aubameyang and Lacazette arrived but that was it.
Instead, Arsenal tried to be frugal. Stingy, even.
While Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have all gone on big spending sprees the Gunners have not.