I have no idea what this is even meant to mean, it sounds nonsensical. Though you’re clearly a smart guy so I’m sure if you elaborate it’ll make sense to me (edit: might sound patronising? But that sentence is meant genuinely)
“The fans are highly influenced by the media and that’s part of the process today.” - from the same interview jus before the 55m quote, which illustrates the contempt he can sometimes display for fans. I’ll defer to arseblog’s reaction to that quote:
"But to say people who want the team to improve, to be more competitive, to be better, are only doing so because the media run stories about Arsenal spending money is ridiculous.
I can only speak for myself, but my opinion on the team is based entirely on what I see happen on the pitch. When I see a team that has needed a striker look toothless and impotent in attack, I’m highly influenced by that. When I see a team that needs the centre of its defence strengthened concede four goals at home on the opening day, I’m highly influenced by that. When I see a league table that shows us with one point from six; when I see the Arsenal accounts that leave us in no doubt there is a lot of money to invest in the team; when I see a title challenge fall apart in a season we should have won the league; I’m highly influenced by that.
I don’t need newspapers, pundits, commentators or anybody else to tell me what needs to be done at Arsenal. All I want is for the team to be as good as it can be, for the club to show a genuine ambition and desire to win, and for the resources we’ve worked hard for and sacrificed so much to generate to be used to that end. If we fall short at that point, I’d be a lot more understanding.
It’s when we procrastinate, when we go into a season underprepared and drop points, when we don’t address key issues that we know must be addressed, and then afterwards make excuses or try and deflect from the fact we’ve been basically hapless throughout the summer of 2016 that frustrates so much. You might even say I’m highly influenced by that. And not in a positive way."
http://arseblog.com/2016/08/leicester-0-0-arsenal-centre-halve-shine-post-match-wenger-frustrates/ if you want to read the full post.
I’ll concede that the 55m quote was probably more aimed towards the media, my mistake mate. It’s still a bullshit strawman though. I’ve not seen a single person saying Arsenal should be spending £55m on a centre back, it’s ludicrous for Wenger to act like anyone had, and is just a pathetic response to him getting pissed off at criticism levelled at him. What people wanted was established players who would get straight into our side and represent a significant improvement. Holding looks good but is eighteen and has only ever played in the Championship, he doesn’t represent what I described above. Mustafi however does, and if Wenger’s bullshit strawman response had any grounding in fact people would be criticising him for not spending more on a centre back. But of course no-one is, and the general reaction to it seems to me to have been “I didn’t think Wenger would ever spend that much on a defender, fair play, even if it could have been done sooner.”