Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has warned his players that their performance in the last nine games will determine the transfer dealings that happen at the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

The Gunners face a nervy final couple of months in the Premier League as they look to secure a Champions League spot for the 17th consecutive season under Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman's side currently sit in fifth behind London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, who both have busier schedules because of other cup competitions, which could favour Arsenal at the end of the season.

In fifth place, they are currently five points behind Chelsea and four points behind Tottenham, but they do have a game in hand over the latter, which if they win, could see them go just a point behind their rivals.

A lot of fans were left frustrated when Wenger only made one signing in January, but reports have come out since then revealing that he could have up to £70 million to spend in the summer if he wants too and the manager has today revealed that his dealings will depend on the last nine games of this season.

Wenger has also said that his players deserves a lot of credit for the way they have gone about this season and the way they have dragged themselves back into Champions League contention.

Speaking to reporters, Wenger said: "We have to analyse. What will decide our attitude, my attitude, is how we do now until the end of the season.

"We have had some blips that were not expected - Blackburn and Bradford, but overall I must say the attitude of the team has been great and when everyone is [fit], then we have a strong team.

"What is important is to analyse where we can improve at the end of the season.

"The squad have gone through difficult times and have responded well.

"They have shown mental strength as we lost against Blackburn, Bayern and then Tottenham, so as well they could be scared that the group implodes.

"We have shown a strong response against Bayern and also Swansea, so that shows that this group is mentally strong."

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