Wenger defends Arsenal transfers; ‘not afraid’ to spend

Date published: Thursday 18th August 2016 9:50

Arsene Wenger has defended Arsenal’s transfer policy as supporters continue to grow frustrated at the club’s inactivity.

Granit Xhaka represents Arsenal’s only major signing this summer, despite the fact Wenger had to start the season without a number of senior players available.

The Gunners have been boosted in their pursuit of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, but Wenger insists he will not rush into any other deals.

“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,” he said.

“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.

“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.

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

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