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Who’s afraid of big bad signings? Not the Arsenal manager

Poor Arsene Wenger. He’s not really been getting a fair press since his Arsenal team lost at Manchester United on Sunday. There have been plenty of people slating the fact that he’s bemoaned his team’s bad luck with refereeing decision and injuries this season. What’s wrong with pointing out the obvious?

Many have also commented on why the Gunners manager resisted the temptation to dip his toe into the January transfer market in a bid to bolster his squad ahead of the season run-in. This is despite the fact that he was unaware that key players would get injured, while selling Diarra was pretty much down to the player wanting to leave. The official Arsenal website reports that Wenger is prepared to spend big in the summer if the right players come along.

For example he was asked if the purchases of Jose Antonio Reyes and Francis Jeffers had put him off spending high transfer fees, also whether he was ‘scared’ of bringing in a superstar like Ronaldinho.

“Scared of what?” he replied. “I would not be scared. We couldn’t afford him now so we have to forget it.

“But the money [we have paid out] is not comparable to what other teams have spent on players. For example with Reyes we got a big part back and for Jeffers a little part back. If we have the money and I am convinced it is worth it, we will do it.”

Who should Le Boss be looking to buy in the summer? He’s notorious for plucking players from relative obscurity and moulding them into a world-class talent, perhaps we should expect more of the same in the coming months. However, he’s also spoken of the need to bring in some experienced players to the squad.

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