Arsene Wenger claimed he wasn't a good poker player on Thursday morning (Singapore time). He was bluffing and it was obvious.
So he's right. He isn't a particularly good poker player.
After dismantling a comically inept Fenerbahce side 3-0, the Arsenal manager insisted that his browsing and bartering in the transfer market starts now. It's time for his best poker face.
Bluff and bluster are the order of the day as managers lie, distract and subvert the truth in a lastditch effort to sign the best players available.
Wenger said he's in the hunt for a midfielder. Few people believe him.
He bluffed too early and revealed his hand prematurely. Arsenal are starved of goals. Wenger is shopping for a feast after a famine. His shopping list must be topped by a voracious striker.
Considering the Gunners swaggered past the Turks in the first-leg of the Champions League playoff, such a suggestion seems off-kilter. So let's dispatch with the obvious truisms quickly.
Fenerbahce were abject. They are currently the Arsenal of Turkish football - overhyped and under pressure. They threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to newly promoted Konyaspor at the weekend and posed no threat on Thursday beyond the cheap, physical one.