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    Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal’s remaining transfer plans

    Arsene Wenger confirms that Arsenal remain on the lookout for further signings in the summer transfer window
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review
    Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal will remain “active” in their bid to strengthen their squad this summer, despite the Gunners having only landed two players so far this summer.
    The north London side have been linked with a whole host of Europe’s top players as Wenger looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season.
    However, the Gunners have not yet brought in any other players other than defender Sead Kolasinac and striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
    The north Londoners are believed to be on the lookout for further reinforcements as Wenger prepares his team for the 2017-18 campaign.
    Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal remain active in the transfer market and hinted that they could ramp up their recruitment efforts next month.
    Speaking in an interview with Arsenal Player, Wenger said: “What’s next is to remain active. Not a lot [has] happened.
    “I believe there are actually two ways to improve the team. First of all to improve the quality of what we do in training to improve the squad and improve the players we have, and secondly to bring more top-level players in.
    “The difficulty is to bring top-level players in because you pay a huge amount of money for very normal players at the moment. As well, all the big clubs are chasing the same players and that provokes huge inflation.
    “Maybe this will be the first time we [football clubs] pay over £200m, maybe over £300m with Neymar and around £200m with Mbappe.
    “So there is a huge inflation. But we are active, we are working hard and I think we have done well with Kolasinac, we have done well with Lacazette and we are continuing to work.
    “There’s the usual acceleration in the final part of August.
    “But I think you have always to be on alert every day, because a good opportunity might turn up.
    “Sometimes people you are after for a long time are not available and suddenly they become available. So you have always to be on alert. That’s what we do.”
    Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification last season as they ended up fifth in the table.
    However, they did end last season on a high when they beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup at Wembley last month.

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