After being booed off the pitch on Sunday, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger say that he is ready to spend more money in the transfer window as long as it is done in the right way. On Sunday Arsenal were without their first three choice centre backs; Per Mertesacker Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny, and were forced to play the inexperienced pair of Calum Chambers and Rob Holding at the heart of their defence. Wenger has been widely criticised by much of the footballing world for not strengthening his Arsenal squad in recent transfer windows, but now it’s looking like the Frenchman won’t have any choice. Most feel that Arsenal need a striker and a centre back. In his midweek press conferences, Wenger refused to be drawn on speculation that Arsenal are close to agreeing on a deal with Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi. Wenger told the media “I believe it is better I don’t talk about any individual player. We are ready to spend the money we have. It’s not my money. It’s important to spend money the right way.”
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Wenger believes that the manner in which teams in the Premier League have been spending money during this window could have a damaging long-term effect. “There are two markets – one for English clubs and one for others; English clubs can suffocate themselves. They have to pay massive wages, even when the players go out (on loan) they have to pay half their wages, That means over a longer period, the advantage for English clubs will drop.”
The Arsenal boss has become frustrated in his attempts to sign a striker this summer. Leicester and England forward Jamie Vardy turned down a move to Arsenal before Euro 2016. Arsenal also had 30m offer rejected by Lyon for Alexandre Lacazette, with Lyon looking for around 40m for his signature.
By Phill Barrs