Latest Transfer Update at 24-08-11
Wenger: Will be trying to add fresh faces
ARSENE WENGER KEEN TO STRENGTHEN
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to strengthen his squad following the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri's imminent switch to Manchester City.
The Gunners reluctantly agreed a deal with Barcelona to allow Fabregas to return home while Nasri's refusal to extend his stay meant the club were always likely to cash in.
The club have landed the likes of Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson, but fans are keen to see more fresh faces as Wenger seeks to end their six-year run without silverware.
The transfer window closes in a week's time and the Frenchman insists the club will be bolstering their injury-hit squad following an inauspicious start to the new Premier League campaign.
"We will strengthen our squad of course, in the coming weeks," confirmed Wenger in the Daily Mirror ahead of Wednesday's crucial UEFA Champions League play-off against Udinese. "Hopefully we can manage to do that."
Wenger has again delved into the reasons why they sold Fabregas and their decision to agree a deal with City for Nasri.
The Gunners boss believes it was logical to sell Nasri for financial and psychological reasons.
"We did not want to lose Fabregas, but we were forced into a situation we didn't want," he continued.
"Nasri is a situation where the player didn't want to extend his contract with the proposals he had somewhere else.
"What kind of commitment can you have when the player is not there long-term? That is the question you have to answer."
He added: "Football rules are made like that, that the player can be worth a lot of money today and nothing in six months.
"So it doesn't look completely logical but, at the end of the day, of course, we are forced into a decision like that for psychological and financial reasons."