Arsenal Transfer News - Wenger Wants Rooney, Higuain, Suarez
After years of restrained spending, Arsenal will finally loosen the purse-strings in an attempt to land at least one high profile signing.
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Players they have been linked to include Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain.
‘They are all realistic targets quality wise, but not all of them are available to join us. First of all, those players are under contract and it is the club who decide if they can go and, if they go, if they can join us, said Wenger. “We have better financial resources than the years before and it is resources we have created ourselves. That is massively important to us.
”For years we were out of the race for the top-level transfers but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation and also because of Financial Fair Play.“
”The fans, the players, everybody is reassured by big names always. But what is important is that we don't need numbers, we need quality.“
Arsene Wenger is in Indonesia for the first leg of Arsenal’s Far East tour with French forward Yaya Sanogo, his only summer signing to date.
Wenger hopes to the £23m signing of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, while the club remain interested in both Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez.
‘For years we were out of the race for the top-level transfers but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation and also because of Financial Fair Play. That will give everybody a bit more even ground.
‘We must also rely on the quality of our work, on the style of our play and the fact we develop our own players. We will only use financial resources to bring in one or two players who will give us something more.
‘We will see what we can do until the end of the transfer period and certainly before the new season starts. That’s what we are working on at the moment.
Arsenal finished again in the top four under Wenger who is now the Premiership’s longest-serving manager after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
‘... we’ve got the most stability and we hope to take advantage of that. There was a big gap between us and Manchester United last season and our challenge is to bridge that gap. But you go to Manchester City, they will want to win the league. You go to Manchester United, it’s the same, to Liverpool, to Chelsea, everybody will want to win the league.’
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