Arsenal will look to tie up summer transfers early, says Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he will look to tie up all of his transfer business as soon as possible this summer

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Arsene Wenger insists he has learned from last summer’s deadline-day scramble at Arsenal and will look to conclude his business in the transfer market as early as possible this time around.

The Gunners signed Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Park Chu-Young and Andre Santos towards the end of the transfer window last year following the departures of Cesc Fàbregas and Samir Nasri.

Arteta’s £10m move from Everton was the last to go through late on transfer deadline day – and Wenger admits he does not want a repeat of last year’s “terrible” scenario.

“You want to make me say that last year was bad and I agree with you – last year was terrible for us because we finished on August 31 at 11.55pm and we do not want to repeat that, of course,” said Wenger.

Wenger also insisted that he will only look to bring in players of quality and will not look to make signing purely to boost numbers.

“We will not be a lot on the market, quantity-wise I mean. Quality-wise, certainly,” he continued.

“But the [maximum] number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course.

“But don’t forget we have many players out on loan and we have not had Jack Wilshere or Abou Diaby for the whole season.

“These players will be back and it means that number and quality-wise we are strong because we are in the position we are in without these players.”

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