Arsenal transfers: Big-name signings not always the answer, says Wenger

Arsenal transfers: Arsene Wenger calls on fans to get behind the Gunners' current squad as he looks to bring in new players

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Arsene Wenger's side finished fourth last season

Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to get behind the Gunners’ current squad as he looks to bring in new players before the close of the transfer window.

Much has been made of Arsenal’s lack of spending this summer, with 20-year-old French striker Yaya Sanogo the only player to arrive at the club so far in the current window.

However, Wenger believes that Laurent Koscielny is an example of a player who arrived at the club relatively unknown but who has gone on to establish himself as a top defender.

And the Frenchman is keen for supporters to show patience in the coming days following his side’s 3-0 victory over Fenerbahce on Wednesday night.

“He’s just another example of the trust we have in players when we bring them in,” said Wenger. “It was not a spectacular signing at the start but who would deny it today?

“That’s why I’m absolutely sometimes surprised, with all the examples of players that have come here unknown and become great players, that the demand is just on getting big names. It’s important, big names, but there’s as well room for good players.”

He continued: “Things will happen [in the transfer window]. I am not anxious about the situation.

“We lost against Bayern last year on [away goals] and they won the European Cup. We won at Bayern 2-0. We won at Fenerbahce 3-0. You can analyse all the results in the Champions League and you don’t see that often. I think it’s time we realised that.

“Of course we’re all sorry for what happened on Saturday [against Aston Villa] but [it’s important] we all get behind the team and we show what has always been the strength at this club – to be together, support the team and [appreciate] the players we have and not always dream of players who are outside everywhere.

“We have fantastic players and it’s time we understand that.”

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