Arsene Wenger: Limits to Arsenal’s cash reserves

Arsene Wenger has dismissed comments made by Philip Harris that Arsenal could buy virtually any player in the world.

Arsene Wenger: Limits to Arsenal’s cash reserves

Harris, a director at the club and founder of Carpetright, was quoted as saying the club are now in a financial position to buy all but six players and backed Wenger to break the Gunners’ transfer record, having brought in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the past two years.

Wenger, who has so far moved to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea, insists Harris’ comments were over the top, though, and is pleased with the players currently at his disposal.

“Whether his comments are helpful or not doesn’t matter,” the Frenchman said.

“He’s gone a bit overboard. It’s not true. We are in a situation where we are working hard if an opportunity comes up to do something.

“Last week I had to answer questions about what I was going to do with all the players who are available and the next week it’s why don’t you buy?

“We are in a strong position with a strong squad I am happy with. If the opportunity turns up, we could still do something.

“We are in a strong financial situation, a healthy one and it is down to focus on football and the quality of our players and the quality of the players we could still get in and not too much on the amount of money which looks sometimes spectacular.”

With only Sanchez and Olivier Giroud reaching double figures in terms of Premier League goals last term, a striker could be seen as the main priority for Wenger if he was to return to the transfer market.

But the 65-year-old has instead called on other players in his squad to chip in with more goals – with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Ozil needing to add more than the four apiece they managed in 2014/15.

“I think we have enough goals in the squad,” Wenger added.

“What we want is some more goals from some players who are not really strikers and that was our strength traditionally.”

Wenger was talking ahead of Arsenal’s Emirates Cup double-header, with games against Lyon on today and Wolfsburg tomorrow.

He has a strong squad available, with Roma-bound Wojciech Szczesny, the injured Welbeck and rested David Ospina and Sanchez missing.

England international Welbeck is nursing a knee injury and Wenger does not think the former Manchester United forward will be fit in time to be in contention for the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign when his side host West Ham.

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