–Arsenal Boss hints at more big transfer spending
Arsene Wenger is “very happy” with Arsenal’s transfer business so far this summer but says there is more spending to come.
The Gunners have already spent over £40million on Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy as they look to build on last season’s FA Cup triumph.
Wenger is keen to sign another goalkeeper following the departure of Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea and he is also in the market for a midfielder and a centre-half, with Thomas Vermaelen’s future at the Emirates far from certain.
“I’m very happy with what I could do until now. It’s not over – there’s still a long way to go,” Wenger said after Arsenal started their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win over Boreham Wood on Saturday.
The Gunners have been linked with a host of players in recent weeks, including the likes of Sami Khedira, Lars Bender and Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.
“I can’t give you any names because you are never sure that you can do what you want,” Wenger said. “We are still out there to strengthen our squad.”
On Vermaelen, who is a target for Manchester United, Wenger said: “I cannot guarantee that [he will stay at the club] but should he go, I will bring another centre back in for sure.”
He added: “I will bring in a goalkeeper for sure.”
Arsenal’s transfer business this season is a stark contrast to last year, when they failed to bring in any major signings until the arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on deadline day.
“You are not the only one who decides [when you do business,” Wenger said. “Sometimes players that you want are available very late.
“You refer maybe to the Ozil case but at the same period last year, he was not available and became available very late.
“We’ll do the deals when it’s possible and that depends on three different opinions. This team we could do it early.”
Wenger also responded to Jose Mourinho’s comments that Cesc Fabregas only ever wanted to join Chelsea.
“I think people came out and said he wanted to go to Chelsea,” Wenger said. “I don’t know who tells the truth here or not. He landed where he wanted to go.”