Arsenal transfers: Robson does not expect any marquee signings

Arsenal transfers: Stewart Robson does not expect the Gunners to make any marquee signings this summer

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Stewart Robson does not expect Arsenal to make any marquee signings this summer – despite Arsene Wenger being handed a £70m transfer budget.

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis revealed on Thursday that the north Londoners have an increased kitty set aside for transfer fees this summer.

However, former Arsenal midfielder Robson feels that Wenger’s track record when it comes to his transfer dealings in past years means the Frenchman is unlikely to splash the cash on any household names.

“I’m not expecting any marquee signings at Arsenal,” Robson told talkSPORT. “There’s a lot of talk about it but I don’t know if I would trust Arsene Wenger with that money.

“Over the last few years some of the players that he’s said were going to be world class haven’t ended up like that.

“People like Olivier Giroud, Philippe Senderos, Denilson, Marouane Chamakh, Armand Traore, Sebastien Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Emmanuel Eboue, Park Chu-Young, Lukasz Fabianski, Gervinho and Andre Santos.

“These are the sort of players who Wenger said were going to be world-class and they haven’t done it.

“Over the last two seasons they have spent some money on Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Nacho Monreal, Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos. They haven’t been top class players.”

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