Wenger: Arsenal ‘not scared’ to spend big on transfers

Date published: Thursday 18th August 2016 9:59

Arsene Wenger has reassured Arsenal fans that he is “working very hard” on new signings but warned the transfer market is currently quiet.

The pressure on the Frenchman to strengthen his depleted squad increased following the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening day of the season, but Wenger was his usual defiant self when quizzed about Arsenal’s lack of transfer activity this summer.

“Buying calms the fans of course but we have to make sure we spend it the right way,” Wenger warned in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday evening’s Leicester clash.

“Fans today are better informed, have stronger opinions. It’s more difficult but you still have to be strong enough to do the things you feel are right.

“I focus on my job and do exactly 100% what I think is right. I think I have shown in 20 years that it does not work too badly. There are 55 games in a season and if after one game we cannot play good football then we cannot do our job.

“You have to bounce back. It makes perhaps more of an echo with [losing] the first game but it’s still only one game.”

Wenger also said that the difficulties to attract new players also stem from the fact that the transfer window is quiet now that the new season as started and will not buy for the sake of buying.

“On the whole transfer market there is very little happening because of the availability of players,” he added.

You can play huge amounts of money for average players – there are plenty of those – but to find the ones who will strengthen your squad, that is more difficult.”

“We are not scared to spend money but to buy in itself is not a quality – to buy good players is. This club has been built on that.

“The transfer policy we have had here has helped build the club. I know we haven’t done as much as many people but we are out there. I have made 400 transfers in my life and I know every one has a rhythm that you are not the only one to decide on.

Wenger would not be drawn on specific targets after being strongly linked with West Brom’s Jonny Evans and Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi , but reinforced that the club are doing all they can to bolster the squad before the window closes.

He said: “It’s better for me not to speak about any player. But I would like to reassure you that we are not afraid to spend the money we have and we are working very hard.”

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