Arsenal transfers: Wenger confirms Gunners after ‘quality’ players
Arsenal transfers: Arsene Wenger insists that the Gunners are trying to sign "quality" players this summer to bolster their squad
Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal are trying to sign “quality” players this summer – and says the Gunners are working hard to strengthen their squad before the new season.
The north London club have been linked with a host of big names this summer, including the likes of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuaín, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Liverpool forward Luis Suárez.
Arsenal have only confirmed the arrival of 20-year-old French striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from Auxerre so far this summer.
Wenger, however, has moved to reassure Arsenal fans that work is going on behind the scenes at Emirates Stadium to bring in “quality and not quantity” ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
“We have better financial resources than the years before and we have created that ourselves. That is massively important to us,” Wenger said on Friday.
“We will see what we can do until the end of the transfer period and certainly before the new season starts. That’s what we are working on at the moment.
“The fans, the players and everybody is reassured by big names. But what is important is that we don’t need numbers, we need quality.
“For years we were out of the race for the top-level transfers but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation and also because of Financial Fair Play. That will give everybody a bit more even ground.
“I still believe that, even if we are in a stronger financial position, all our values still have to be the same.
“We must rely on the quality of our work, on the style of our play and the fact we develop our own players. We will only use financial resources to bring in one or two players who will give us something more.
“It’s very important that we keep to our strengths and what managed to get us through this period.”