Arsene Wenger has hinted that he’s open to spending big again this summer as the Gunners look to strengthen their squad ahead of the new Premier League season.
While remaining generally coy about his plans when talking to beIN Sport before the Sunderland game, the manager said his recent purchases have shown his willing to spend money when the right player is available.
“We are ready to spend the money for players who strengthen our team,” he said. “There is a difference in that and just spending money.
“We are in a position where we just want a player with an exceptional quality in any area that can strengthen us. The depth of squad is important and any world class player in any position can help us achieve what we want to achieve.”
And asked if his next big purchase might be a striker, he continued, “I don’t know. It’s not necessarily linked with the money.
“I’ve shown many doubters that I’m ready to spend money for players who have the quality but, first of all, you must have the money and then, secondly, the players who cost that kind of money are available.”
He also touched on the FA Cup final and his hopes of becoming the first manager since the way to win the famous trophy 6 times.
“It’s very important for me. You want your fans to be happy and I want personally to be happy as well and that would make me happy.
“It’s a final. It’s 50-50 but let’s prepare well and give absolutely everything on the day. We learnt last year how to deal with the pressure and hopefully we can show that this season.”
Arsenal spending since August 2013
Mesut Ozil – £42m
Alexis Sanchez – £32m
Calum Chambers – £16m
Mathieu Debuchy – £10m
David Ospina – £4m
Danny Welbeck – £16m
Gabriel – £11m
Kristian Bielik – £2.5m
Total spent: £117.5m