Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has indicated that he has cash to spend during the January transfer windowGetty Images

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is ready to spend money if the deal and the price are right, but has made it clear that he will not jeopardise the future of the club by doing so.

The Gunners boss has come in for some heavy criticism in recent times for being stubborn when it comes to forking out large sums to land top stars when compared to Premier League rivals Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

However, the manager has shown in recent seasons that he is not afraid to pay big bucks to bring in top players, and he showed it by roping in Mesut Ozil for £42.5m and Alexis Sanchez for £32m during the summer transfer windows of 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The Frenchman has stated clearly that though he is not averse to spending money on players, he will not spend money the club does not have as that will jeopardise their future.

Arsenal currently are financially secure and the Gunners boss has indicated that he will spend if he finds the right player and is in the market for a central defender to cover for the injured Laurent Koscielny.

"There were periods when we did not have the money," Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror.

"What I don't like is to spend money that I do not have. Now I have money so there is no problem spending it at all. What I fought against was spending money that would have put the future of the club in danger. If we find the right player, we will do it. Without any doubt," the 65-year-old manager explained.

The Gunners manager believes that the people have the wrong perception of him when it comes to spending money on players.

"There is a huge difference between the perception people have of me and the reality. I am not scared to spend money. If you go out with me one night, you will understand that!" Wenger explained.