Arsene Wenger has reiterated his commitment to strengthening the Arsenal team during the ongoing transfer window, and has revealed the four conditions that need to be met before he spends money on signing a player. The French manager has made it clear that he is ready to spend big money to bring in players, but only if he finds the right candidate.
"The money is never a problem if you have to pay what is requested. The price of a player is down to four ingredients. One is the talent, two his age, three is how much you expect him to improve your team, and four his resale value. If he ticks all four boxes then the price is not that important. You have to find the player," the French coach said.
The Gunners have brought in Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano and Rob Holding thus far this window, but only Xhaka is guaranteed a regular place in the starting XI. Wenger has made signing an attacker and another defender a priority and has been linked with a number of players in recent months.
The north London club failed with a move for Jamie Vardy, while Lyon has also rejected a move for French striker Alexandre Lacazette. Apart from the two attackers, the club have also been linked with a move for defender Skhodran Mustafi, with The Sun reportingthat the club have opened talks with Valencia over a prospective move.
The French international and the German defender are rated at £40m ($52.2m) and £35m respectively and according to The Times, the Arsenal board are ready to back their manager. Wenger, however, has made it clear that every player, should meet four criteria's, which will determine if the valuation of the selling club is justified.
"It's not the prices, it's the players. At the moment I'm focused on the players we have. Today we didn't have Ramsey, Xhaka, Alexis - he will play on Sunday. We still have Ozil at home, and Giroud and Koscielny too. We also have young players who came on and did well. We do not have to panic but we are on alert in the transfer market so that we can make the right move when the opportunity comes up," Wenger said after Arsenal's 8-0 win over Viking FK on Friday (5 August), as quoted on the club's official site.