Wenger discusses Lacazette & Mahrez; admits he’s ready to spend

Date published: Monday 1st August 2016 9:14 - Oli Fisher

Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal to make new bid

Arsene Wenger has refused to deny reports that the Gunners are lining up move for Alexandre Lacazette and Riyad Mahrez this summer.

Arsenal fans who want more additions this summer may be in luck as Arsene Wenger has admitted he is still looking for players to strengthen the Gunners’ squad ahead of the new season.

The North Londonders have signed three players so far this summer in Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano and Rob Holding, but have been linked with far more big names.

“I buy players that I feel can strengthen our team,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “Today you have to be very strong inside the club when you are responsible, not just to buy [for the sake of buying].

“There’s always a wave of opinions. I must say people are better informed today – they know all the players. They tell you always that you should buy but when you ask them who to buy, they become much shorter.

“If you look at the market in Europe, there’s a lot of money available but not many players who really strengthen the teams. If you look at the teams that spend the most money in Europe, they’re not necessarily the teams that won the championships. The global investment of the clubs around us didn’t stop Leicester winning the championship.

“We are still on the market for players. [Be it] at the front or at the back – we are on the market. Unfortunately we are not alone.”

Arsenal have had a bid rejected for Lyon striker Lacazette this summer, while their interest in Leicester winger Mahrez has been documented.

On the links to both players, Wenger added: “The best way to conclude transfers is not to talk about them, which is very difficult in the press conference!

“We are on the market but I don’t want to talk specifically about any player because that makes it more difficult for me – and it’s difficult enough.”

The Gunners are understood to have had a £30m bid for Lacazette rejected during last week, and although Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas was not expecting Arsenal to return, Sky Sports are reporting a new offer is inbound.


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