Wenger will spend this summer, says ex-Arsenal confidant Dein

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein thinks boss Arsene Wenger will splash the cash in the summer, according to Sky Sports.

The Gunners manager has appeared unwilling to spend major money to recruit new players to the Emirates Stadium in recent years – a tendency which many believe has led to the club’s eight-year trophy drought.

But Dein, who forged a close relationship with Wenger in his 24 years at the club, says the north London club will dig into their pockets this summer.

Dein said: “The fact is he has to strengthen the team and I know he will do that. He is one of the best managers in the world, he’s been coaching for 30 years and knows what he is doing.

He knows what he wants and it’s just a question of identifying the right talent. It’s a long, hard season and I am a great supporter of Arsene. He has done a phenomenal job and continues to do so year-on-year.

Arsenal remain in the reckoning for a Champions League qualification spot, currently sitting two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.

However the Gunners are 21 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United – a fact which may force Wenger to bring in players in the summer.

Wenger has been linked with a move for a new goalkeeper in recent weeks, with Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes among the names mentioned as possible arrivals at the Emirates Stadium.

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