Wenger planning for a pre-World Cup spending spree


LONDON: Arsene Wenger insists he will not buy a player after the World Cup just because they are a hit in South Africa.

Arsenal are set to finish third in the Premier League, the fifth year in a row they have failed to win any silverware.

Boss Wenger has been criticised for not spending cash on big-name signings to keep up with Chelsea and Manchester United.

But after paying around £133mil off their debts following the redevelopment and sale of Highbury, he is set to receive more financial backing in the coming weeks.

Wenger also has millions to spend from the sales of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City last year.

He said: “The World Cup will not affect our recruitment.

“It is dangerous to buy on the back of a World Cup. The prices are artificial and you have to bear in mind that anyone can have three weeks of glory.

“To have 10 years of success is quite different.

“With the season drawing to a close, people are inevitably looking to discuss our transfer targets.

“I do have targets and have been talking to people but I cannot mention any names at the moment.

“The earlier you settle your teams for the next season the better it is and the less anxiety you have.”

Wenger is finally set to land striker Marouane Chamakh once his Bordeaux deal expires this summer.

And he may look to boost his defence as the contracts of William Gallas, Sol Campbell and Mikael Silvestre are also due to run out. — The Sun, London

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