Arsène Wenger says he will be active on transfer deadline day
Published 29/08/2014 | 12:04
Arsène Wenger says he plans to be active on transfer deadline day but is adamant his team can still challenge for the title even if he fails to bring in another big name signing.
The Arsenal manager has been linked with several top name strikers in the past week after influential forward Olivier Giroud was ruled out until the New Year with an ankle injury.
Monaco's Radamel Falcao is one of the big names that continues to be linked with a move to Emirates Stadium and Wenger is well aware of the speculation surrounding his team.
The French coach says he will keep his options open until the final minutes of the window, but insists he will not be pressurised into making a panic signing and will be happy to continue with the forwards he has if a signing does not materialise.
Wenger said: “I will be actively involved but on the last day of the window. I will of course be on alert until the last minute of the transfer deadline. You (the media) have decided that I have to buy strikers - I have not necessarily decided that!
“Once again all the negotiations have to be as secret as possible and if we sign somebody, even if we sign Falcao, you will be informed.
”If I give you the number of strikers I have at the moment it's absolutely unbelievable. We have Sanogo, Sanchez, we have Walcott, we have Podolski, we have Giroud who will come back during the season and I forget maybe one or two. Campbell can play centre forward as well and of course we can be successful.
“The success of a season doesn't depend on one player that you buy or not. I think you do it when you think it strengthens your squad. We have shown in the last two seasons, when we think money has to be spent we do it. But we want to do it in the right way.
"It's harder to buy top top top players. Many clubs are on the market and everybody knows each other. The last few days are poker games. There's a lot of lies there in the few days, everybody is interested in the same player even if you're the only one who wants the player.”
Wenger was also asked about the possibility of signing Paris Saint-Germain’s highly rated midfielder Adrien Rabiot who has also been strongly linked with a move to the north London club.
Wenger added: “I just put one answer: I don't tell you.”