Arsene Wenger reveals exciting transfer plans after signing new Arsenal deal
14:57 30 May 2014
Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal fans to expect a big summer of transfer spending at the Emirates Stadium after he put pen to paper on a new three-year contract at the club.
The 64-year-old Frenchman’s new deal was announced on Friday afternoon and will extend his tenure to 21 years in the Gunners’ hot seat.
Wenger has a war chest of around £100million to spend this summer and he is now looking to build on this year’s FA Cup success by strengthening his squad in the transfer market.
“We have shown signs the whole season that we can be a great side and now it’s [important] of course to have another successful season,” he told Arsenal Player.
“We know we have to... have a successful June and July, that’s where you strengthen the team. It’s very important that we are good now in the next two months until the end of August, that we can give to the team some more quality and go into next season with the belief we got from [the FA Cup] win.”
Asked if Arsenal fans should expect a big summer of transfer activity, Wenger added: “Yes, they should expect that. What I can promise is that we work very hard on a market that is very, very congested with many people who have a lot of money.
“But we have a big advantage, players want to join us and if we find the right quality I’m sure we can strengthen the team.”
Asked if Arsenal are in a stronger financial position, he said: “I believe so because the fact that we have built a stadium, the fact that we have paid a big part of the debt back and the weight of the debt back now is not as strong and heavy as it was before,” he said.
“The fact that the Financial Fair Play rule comes in hopefully will stop [the] craziness that happened on this [transfer] market.
“With these two [things] together, I think we can fight on a more even level than before.”
The Gunners have been linked with a host of players in recent months, from strikers like Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic and QPR’s Loic Remy to defenders such as Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran and even former captain and midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas.
Wenger continued: “We want moments like this [cup success] every year. We were close, it was a very close race in the Premier League and in the FA Cup we won it.
“We had a very hard run in the FA Cup when you look at the teams we played. We have shown remarkable consistency and spirit the whole season. We were a bit short in the end to win the Premier League but at least we have shown some quality.”
Wenger also had a message of thanks for the club’s fans.
“My overall is message is personally I’m very grateful to the support the club has,” he said.
“This has become an immense club with the support we’ve got all over the world, and personally on behalf of everybody here at the club, the directors, the staff, the players, we are very grateful and thankful for that.”