Arsene Wenger : Arsenal Is ready to spend

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are ‘ready to spend’ money in the transfer window, as long as it is done in the right way.

The Gunners were booed from the pitch at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, after losing 4-3 to Liverpool in their opening Premier League game of the season with captain Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista injured and Laurent Koscielny still regaining fitness following Euro 2016, Wenger was forced to select 20-year-old Rob Holding alongside 21-year-old Calum Chambers at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

When Wenger was asked if conceding four goals at home against Liverpool has increased the urgency for Arsenal to sign a centre-half, he said: “It was important before the game. You do not sign players because you think it’s very important or not.

“I think it’s very difficult to find players and identify them. That’s why everyone is on the market for the same players and the deals.”

Arsenal have reportedly been searching for an experienced centre-half, but have so far been unable to get a deal over the line with Holding – who was signed from Bolton Wanderers for £2m – viewed more as a player for the future.Wenger believes Premier League teams’ lavish spending could have a detrimental effect over the longer term.

“There are two markets – one for English clubs and one for others,”English clubs can suffocate themselves. They have to pay massive wages, even when the players go out (on loan) they have to pay half their wages.That means over a longer period, the advantage for English clubs will drop.”

When asked about a move for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustaf, Wenger said: “I believe it is better I don’t talk about any individual player. We are ready to spend the money we have. It’s not my money. It’s important to spend money the right way.”

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