Wenger: I’m happy to spend big on a striker

Date published: Saturday 6th August 2016 1:21

Arsene Wenger says that he is happy to spend big money on a striker, if the player is right.

Arsenal have signed only two first-team players this summer, Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding.

Wenger has received repeated criticism for his lack of activity in the transfer market, especially from supporters who believe Arsenal need a new striker.

Wenger has also been accused of not wanting to spend money, but he refuted that suggestion when asked about the price of potential striker options.

With Alexandre Lacazette reportedly on the club’s list of transfer targets, supporters may be encouraged by the manager’s words. Ish.

“It’s not the prices, it’s the players. The money is never a problem if you have to pay what is requested.

“The price of a player is down to four ingredients; one is the talent, two is his age, three is how much you expect him to improve your team, and four is his resale value.

“If he ticks all four boxes then the price is not that important. You have to find the player.

“At the moment I’m focused on the players we have. We have young players who came on and did well. We do not have to panic but we are on alert in the transfer market so that we can make the right move when the opportunity comes up.”

So if it isn’t the prices, why has the Lacazette deal not been done yet? And is anyone else scared by the “I’m focused on the players we have” line?

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