Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal will spend big money if the right players become available to the club this summer.
Arsenal look to have at least £35 million in the bank after the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona was agreed in principle last night, and while reports have suggested multiple transfer targets for Wenger over the past few months, the Gunners manager has made just three signings so far, twoof which are lower league youngsters.
But Wenger warned earlier this summer that the transfer window will heat up considerably towards deadline day, and the Frenchman has moved to assure fans that if the right player presents themselves, top price will be paid if necessary.
“We are not scared to spend money if we find the right player. Just spending the money is not the target we want, we want to find the right players and if we find the right ones it can be for £2m or £20m, we will do it,” Wenger said.
“We have scouts all over the world and we are looking everywhere and if we find we will do it.”
But Wenger ruled out the possibility of signing Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, who impressed during a 0-0 draw with Arsenal in the opening match of the weekend.
The manager added: "Nobody dismisses signing Joey Barton but I don't think we envisage doing that at the moment.
"I like the courage of the player. He's a good player. Sometimes there's trouble with his temper but he's a great player."
Wenger urges the club's faithful fans to get behing to team during a potentially difficult time, with their captain now exiting and some big players, like Samir Nasri, linked with moves away from the Emirates.
“It is important there is a love between the fans and the players and the players have shown their commitment which deserves the support of our fans,” Wenger said.
“In 15 years at the club I look at the quality of the players I have brought in and you will see I have not done too badly. Sometimes the credit players get is linked with the amount of money you paid for them.
“When I look at Gervinho. I think he is a great player and I forget how much money he cost. It is frustrating sometimes because it looks like players are judged just through the money they cost.
“It is a difficult opening to the season because the media environment is not positive for us and the only way we can silence people is by showing the attitude we had today.”