Arsene Wenger: How Euro 2016 will affect Arsenal’s transfer plans

Arsene Wenger discusses Euro 2016 and how it could impact his Arsenal transfer plans

Arsene Wenger has insisted that he would not sign a player for Arsenal purely based on his performances at Euro 2016.

The north London side are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings as Wenger prepares for what could end up being his final season in charge of the club.

Arsenal have already signed Granit Xhaka this summer as Wenger moved quickly to bolster his midfield options at The Emirates.

Wenger opted to sign both Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina after watching them at the 2014 World Cup.

However, the Frenchman insists that it would be foolish to sign a player just based on his performances in France.

Wenger told Arsenal’s website: “No, I wouldn’t [sign a player just based on Euro 2016]. Unless I’ve known him before, go to the tournament and see him.

“You have two kinds of people at these tournaments – some have played 60 games during the season, and some have played 15, maybe due to injuries. You have to be very cautious with that.

“We analyse every game in Europe now. We spoke about 1984, then you discovered players that had big tournaments. But that has gone now. It’s difficult to find surprise players because of the strength of scouting. It’s equally hard to forecast who could be a star. Sometimes it can be a guy who has less than 60 games in his legs. At past tournaments we’ve had many surprises.”

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move to bring Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to The Emirates in recent days.

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The Gunners are understood to have triggered the £20m release clause in the forward’s contract.

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