In Wenger's case he is the world leader in trying for players.
He often brings up an impressive list of players he could have had.
Who cares, it's what you buy, not what you tried to buy.
If we are watching Giroud missing chances made by Ozil and Sanchez, or if we're watching Chambers and Holding floundering in defence because of the lack of a quality signing at CB, the fact we "tried" to sign Griezman is useless.
More than four seasons of pathetic excuses is unacceptable, and has made us into a laughing stock.