Arsene Wenger discusses Arsenal policy ahead of January transfer window

Arsene Wenger defends his transfer policy at Arsenal as the mid-season window approaches

Arsene Wenger has insisted that he is proud of his transfer policy at Arsenal and says that he has a responsibility to leave the club in a better position than when he took over back in 1996.

The Frenchman has been criticised for opting not to spend big on transfers during his time in charge of the north London club and raised eyebrows with his decision not to sign any outfield players during the summer.

However, the Gunners boss has splashed the cash on a number of big signings in recent seasons, including backing deals to sign the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal have been linked with a host of players in recent weeks as the January transfer window approaches.

But Wenger says that he is planning to stick to his guns and won’t break the bank to sign players unless he is convinced of their quality.

Wenger told the Daily Mirror: “I’ll give myself merit for one thing: I’ve always treated Arsenal as if it belonged to me.

“I have sometimes been criticised for it — because I am not enough of a spender, not carefree enough.

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“I credit myself for having had the courage to apply my ideas and fight for them. Aside from that, I can understand why people might not agree.”

He added: “I could have said to myself: “I am here for four or five years, we win everything.” [Then] I leave and leave the club on the verge of bankruptcy. For me, consistency at the highest level is the true sign of great clubs.”

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