Arsene Wenger says the club are still on the lookout for new faces this summer, but says deals don’t only depend on what Arsenal do.
Speaking in Singapore after the team’s arrival for the Barclay’s Asia Trophy, the manager was asked about the possibility of further signings following the £11m capture of Petr Cech from Chelsea.
“That doesn’t depend only on us,” he said, “it depends on whether we can find them, but if we can find one or two players we will do it.”
It’s a relatively familiar refrain from a man who likes to give as little away as possible, but it’s probably a further indication that any transfers will most likely be both opportunistic (e.g – a top player becoming avaiable as the market progresses), and one that will improve on what we already have.
Arsenal’s squad, in pure numbers terms, is certainly not lacking in any area, and squad fodder is not the kind of signing we should be making to bridge the gap to the champions.
Indeed, the club have spent quite freely since the arrival of Ozil in August 2013 so it’ll likely be something special that sees us get the chequebook out again.
Spending since August 2013
Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid) – £42.5m
Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona) – £32m
Danny Welbeck (Man Utd) – £16m
Calum Chambers (Southampton) – £16m
Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle) – £12m
Gabriel (Villarreal) – £11m
Petr Cech (Chelsea) – £11m
David Ospina (Nice) – £4m
Total outlay: £144.5m