Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that it is difficult to predict if there will be any new players at the club by the time they begin their Premier League season at home to Aston Villa on August 17, reports the Daily
So far, Yaya Sanogo, a 20-year-old striker from Auxerre, remains Wenger’s only summer acquisition, with the club experiencing frustration in their pursuit of more high-profile striking targets, with two bids rejected for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, and failing to capture Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, who joined Napoli.
This is despite having a reported transfer budget of £70m this summer, and Wenger has acknowledged that he may be forced to start the new season with largely the same squad as at the end of the last and make signings closer to the deadline, on September 2.
He said: “Let’s count on what is here first of all and if we can add something, we will do. It is very difficult to predict that it will all be sorted out before we play in the Champions League qualifier (on August 20 or 21). What we want to do is have enough quality to achieve it with the players we have. If we can have some more in before that it is even better.”
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