Xhaka wasn’t cheap but he wasn’t a player that we were in direct competition for with another club, like when Chelsea bought Kante.
We showed no real intent with him, even though he would have been ideal for us.
How many seasons had we waited before Wenger bought a player in that position?
That was the false economy.
Thinking he could get away with what we had, which was Coquelin and then the panic buy of Elneny, rather than going all out and getting the best we could afford a few seasons earlier.
There a lot of instances where Wenger has haggled or gone for the cheap option and then he has had to go out and buy players who’s value has gone up, because the cheaper players weren’t good enough, or he is stuck with the cheap option who are on stupidly high wages.