Arsene Wenger says that although Lukas Podolski has been signed nice and early, any further signings will be influenced by the size of the current squad, players coming back from loan and our ability to move them on.
At the moment Premier League clubs are, ridiculously, restricted to a 25 man playing squad which must be named at the beginning of each season, and Wenger says this will have an impact on the business done by every club this summer, including any other pre-Euro 2012 deals at Arsenal.
“That is a big problem for every club,” he said, “and before you go out on the transfer market you have to see how you cope with the 25 players.”
“I don’t exclude it but we have to respect that number.”
The manager is happy with the arrival of Lukas Podolski, and the timing of it, but says his next focus is looking at getting injured players fit again.
“We wanted at least one target to be sorted out early. Now we are in a position where the second part of our signings will be to take care of the players who are injured and to get them back for the start of next season.
“I think of course about Jack Wilshere, and about Abou Diaby. Then, if you look at our squad, we have quite a big one and before we buy again we have to look at how many players we will have.”
It was always going to prove a challenge this summer to whittle the squad down and that hasn’t changed. And while some may choose to look on these comments in a negative way, the reality is that this Arsenal squad is large and does need something of a culling.
If that’s done properly, then there’s no reason why we can’t make space for actual new signings and not players who are LANS.