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Wenger 'not scared to spend'
Arsene Wenger insists he is "not scared to spend money" in the final days of this summer's transfer window and has hinted at a fresh bid for Liverpool's Luis Suarez and an audacious move to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.
Wenger suggested the media were "well informed" when asked whether he would make a new bid for Suarez and an opening offer for Rooney, in comments that will encourage Arsenal supporters to believe that a big name signing will arrive after two months of frustration in the club's summer recruitment drive.
Arsenal have had two bids for Suarez rejected by Liverpool in recent weeks, yet it does not seem that the unequivocal comments from Anfield chief John W Henry that the striker will not be sold have ended Wenger's interest in the player.
"I don't want to come out on specific names as that would not be right, but the first request we have is do they have the quality to play for Arsenal Football Club," stated Wenger, when quizzed on his targets ahead of Saturday's Premier League opener against Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium.
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"We are not scared to spend money, but only on the right players. We would like two or three players, possibly more, but we will compromise on the quality. I understand every frustration (of the fans). What is important is the quality we put on the football pitch, but let's not create a crisis from nothing.
"We played a good game last week (to beat Manchester City in Finland), so let's try to take that on. The quality of the team that plays tomorrow will not be linked about who we sign."
Wenger stressed his desire to add "two or three" new faces to his squad before the September 2 transfer deadline, as he hit back at suggestions that his reluctance to pay inflated transfer fees is blocking his hopes of landing a stellar name.
"We are not afraid to spend money, but only on the right players and there is a shortage of top, top talent," added Wenger.
"Ideally you would want it to be quicker, but to finalise a transfer you need the agreement of three parties and if you look at our main rivals as well, it is not easy. Chelsea and Manchester United, it is difficult to find players to strengthen the squad.
"I don't disagree that we are a bit light (in our squad) at the moment. There are 18 days to go and we are of course looking to strengthen our squad. I am optimistic, of course."