Arsenal transfers: Wenger discusses remaining summer plans

Arsene Wenger remains typically coy when quizzed about his Arsenal transfer plans for the rest of the summer

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta at Emirates Stadium

Arsene Wenger insisted that he is still “open-minded” about the prospect of bringing in a striker to bolster his Arsenal squad this summer, but insisted that the north London side are not in “desperate need” of a new forward.

The Arsenal manager was speaking to the media after watching his side thrash Lyon 6-0 in their Emirates Cup opener at their home ground on Saturday afternoon.

We are open-minded [on transfers] but we are not in a desperate need

Arsene Wenger

First-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain capped an impressive display at Emirates Stadium, before Mesut Ozil and substitute Santi Cazorla completed the rout after the break.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards in recent weeks, including the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema – as well as Alexandre Lacazette, who was on display for Lyon on Saturday.

However, Wenger feels that his side are not in urgent need of reinforcements up front, pointing to the players that were missing from the Arsenal line-up during Saturday’s rout.

“I’ve said it and I still stay that today – we are open-minded [on transfers] but we are not in a desperate need,” Wenger told his post-match news conference.

“Today we didn’t have Danny Welbeck or Alexis Sanchez, who are big players, and Jack Wilshere, who is a creative player as well, so we have a good squad.

“It depends what you call a desperate need. We scored six goals today, I consider that we don’t have a desperate need. We won the FA Cup final scoring four goals – we score goals, that’s what I mean by that. We are open-minded, but everybody is the market and many clubs have big, big money.”

The Arsenal boss continued: “On one side, the questions I get in the press are ‘how do you keep everybody happy?’ and one minute later you ask me, ‘why don’t you buy more players?’.

“If I can’t keep the players I have already happy why should I buy more? We have the quality and I think at the moment our squad is well-balanced, quality-wise and number-wise.”

Arsenal face Wolfsburg in their second game of the Emirates Cup on Sunday.


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