Arsene Wenger has reiterated that there are no financial restraints in his pursuit for new Arsenal players, but will play the waiting game.
There are deafening calls for Arsenal to add another top-quality striker to their squad to accompany Olivier Giroud and have been strongly linked with Alexandre Lacazette, Mauro Icardi and Alvaro Morata this summer.
However, with the new season fast approaching, Wenger was quizzed in a press conference about the lack of progess made in the transfer market.
When asked about the club’s striker search, he told reporters: “The money is never a problem if you have to pay what is requested. The price of a player is down to four ingredients.
“One is the talent, two his age, three is how much you expect him to improve your team and four his resale value. If he ticks all four boxes then the price is not that important. You have to find the player.”
It’s not the prices, it’s the players,” he added after his side’s 8-0 win over Viking in a pre-season friendly on Friday.
“Today we didn’t have [Aaron] Ramsey, Xhaka, Alexis [Sanchez] – he will play on Sunday. We still have [Mesut] Ozil at home, and Giroud and [Laurent] Koscielny too.
“We also have young players who came on and did well. We do not have to panic but we are on alert in the transfer market so that we can make the right move when the opportunity comes up.”