But if you meet the release clause you can at least begin talks and try to convince the player. If we offered £60k a week more than Atletico maybe he gives Wenger a chance to talk to him and who knows, maybe he works some magic or maybe he loves playing with his big mate Giroud.
And if you were to put Griezmann at Arsenal, Arsenal become a better team than Atletico. Worse coach sure, but a better squad, so it's not like he'd be leaving to be surrounded by much worse players.
I personally wouldn't do it in his situation but it doesn't mean every player would do the same. If we're serious about super quality, we really have to try. We can't say that Wenger must sign a top class forward then say about every top class forward LOL why would be come here?