Arsene Wenger has indicated that the core of the current Arsenal team will not be changed during the summer transfer window, but has made it clear that there will be additions to the squad. The Gunners boss infuriated fans when he failed to sign an outfield player last summer, and it backfired in the second half of the campaign when their title challenge fell by the way side due to injuries to key players.
The French manager will be under pressure to splash the cash and bolster the squad after seeing one of their best chances to end a 12-year title drought come to an end this campaign. They were in with a faint chance until last week, but a draw against West Ham United has put them 13 points behind leaders Leicester City with just six games to go.
Wenger, whose future at the club has come into question in recent months, has dismissed speculation, while revealing that the club are already working on possible signings for the next season. The club have been linked with midfielders and strikers, with Borussia Monchengladbach star Granit Xhaka being the most frequently mentioned name.
"No. If you look at the top three teams, you will see they have not changed their team a lot," Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"We have to strengthen our squad but it's not obvious to find the players despite the money the English clubs will have. Of course we will work very hard to do that. We are already working. But we have to find the players and that is not easy."
"The core is not good enough? That's an outside point of view. We have again to analyse it in an objective way. And this team has won many games and the quality of many games was at top level," the French coach added.