Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club will probably not be in the hunt for the biggest names available in the transfer market this summer. The boss has vowed that he will not be held to ransom with “stratospheric” transfer fees by clubs this summer. Despite Arsenal’s strong finish to the season, fans remain hopeful that there will be a number of high profile signings to come in the off-season.
The Gunners won the FA Cup for the second season running on Saturday and the impressive manner of their 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa inevitably sparked speculation that they could challenge for the title next term. Following Arsenal’s final win, was in no mood to discuss potential summer transfer. When asked about the possibility of summer imports, Wenger said: “I am not in a buying mood tonight. I will buy drinks for my players.” He just pledged after the game that this second successive cup win would be a springboard for a real title challenge in the next season.
As the euphoria starts to chill, the Arsenal’s boss opened up his plan for summer transfer. Wenger mentioned that he wants Chelsea goalkeeper PetrCech, midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Arturo Vidal, and forwards Jackson Martinez and Pedro, among other targets for this summer. However, he said he will not pay above the odds for players, like the £45 million being asked for Juventus Paul Pogba.
New additions are likely to come in over the summer to strengthen the squad with a title challenge in mind but Wenger says he will not be breaking the bank.Arsenal finished the season strongly and Wenger thinks that they are now mentally ready for a title bid.
He said: “We have not spent that kind of money. People forget that for years we had to sell our best players and that was a very difficult period. That is the reality. Since we have been able to buy again, we slowly came back to a more competitive level. But people speak about stratospheric numbers where we will not be involved.
“Not at that level – for financial reasons. It’s simple. I have not made a clear decision yet on what I will do. But don’t rule anything out. I’m always more focused on quality,” explained Wenger.
Arsene Wenger is not expecting big-money additions to squad this summer. He is convinced he is close to challenging for the Premier Legaue with this current team, especially after a fine run since the turn of the year. “Man City, Liverpool will buy. Tottenham will buy. I don’t know how good these teams will be.”