Arsenal have missed out on one of their top transfer targets Lewis Hotlby, a player who Wenger admitted he was interested in, as rivals Spurs have organized a pre-contract agreement meaning he will join in the summer for free.
The news will come as big blow for Gooners as Arsenal have missed out on three, plausible transfer targets already in Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar, Fernando Llorente and now Lewis Holtby whose contract expires with Schalke this summer.
The German international will head to White Hart Lane at the end of the season, and they have every reason to be delighted after such a massive coup for the club.
A Spurs statement read:
We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Germany Under-21 captain Lewis Holtby to join the club in July from Bundesliga side Schalke, subject to a medical.
Missing out on the German starlet is a big let down, he is highly talented and has a massive future ahead of him, but like Jan Vertonghen he will be playing for the wrong club in North London.
Wenger and his negotiation team should have moved faster or tried harder to acquire the 22-year-old who has been a vital cog in the successful Schalke side. But yet again another reported top target heads elsewhere, this January may not be as productive as many hoped.