The words ‘spending spree’ and ‘Arsenal’ are rarely seen together in the same sentence these days, however with nine days left of the transfer window it is being reported that up to 5 new signings will be brought in at the Emirates.
Wenger’s refusal to spend big over recent transfer windows and lack of activity this summer has drawn a wealth of criticism. Last weekends home defeat against Aston Villa may have helped their Dickensian miser decide to finally cough up for some money.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is understood to be top of Wenger’s list who has a price tag of around £40 million. Other targets include Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle, Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita.
Arsenal have plenty of funds available in the coffers to bring in new players and Wenger believes he will have no trouble attracting big names to play for the Gunners this season.
Speaking ahead of today’s game against Fulham Wenger said: ‘The Champions League is, of course, the needed requirement for the top players. The players say, ‘OK, we want to join Arsenal. We want to play the kind of football you play. But as well, we want to play in the Champions League.’ It’s unfortunately like that.
‘Look, many players want to join us, because they know. And even more so, all the players who have been here want to come back here. It’s not because they like my face! It’s for the way we treat people and for the football we play or try to play, because unfortunately we’ve not always managed to do it.
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