Wenger to get Arsenal transfer war chest

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be given £40m to spend in January in an effort to push the Gunners back up the Premier League table and further into the latter stages of the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Telegraph claims that Wenger has made signing another striker a priority, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar understood to be near the top of the manager’s wanted list despite the upturn in form of summer signing Olivier Giroud. A return on loan for Thierry Henry is also a possibility, the newspaper adds.

Wenger was taunted with chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” by disgruntled Arsenal supporters during the side’s goalless draw with Aston Villa on Saturday evening, the songs sparked by the manager’s decision to withdraw Giroud in favour of defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin with less than five minutes to play.

The Frenchman however feels that the fact the Arsenal board are willing to provide further funds to spend is confirmation that their faith in his methods has not wavered, while the board are also said to be considering a new contract for the manager.

Wenger said: “I knew about the money before. It means the people who invest in us believe we are doing things in the right way. So it’s first a credit in the way we do things and after that, we try to use the money intelligently.

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