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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal targets want to join

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Arsene Wenger has revealed his confidence that the remainder of the transfer window will be a a success for the Gunners, because targets have told the club they want to join.

The Frenchman has been heavily criticised for a failure to land any bog names so far in the window, as well as missing out on a number of potential stars that could have improved the side going into the season.

Moves for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez have all, for varying reasons, seen potential moves to Arsenal fall through.

Such a state of affairs was not helped by the opening day loss to Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium, with more open dissent in the stands coming amid cries to spend money.

However, a good win over Fenerbahce in a Champions League playoff first leg this week has Wenger confident he will get some business done and insisted there were players that are keen on joining Arsenal and that they have the funds to do so.

"I'm confident that we'll make the signings we need because of the desire of the players to join us," he told reporters on Friday.

"There's also the fact that while we maybe don't have as much money as everybody writes, we have some funds available to do transfers.”

Wenger had some of the pressure on him relieved with the 3-0 victory in Turkey on Wednesday, which all but confirmed their place in the Champions League group stages for this year.

He also insisted that being in that competition was crucial to attracting any new signings to the club.

"I can guarantee you every player who wants to join us, the first question is: 'Do you play in the Champions League or not?' It is as simple as that," he added.

"The players who want to come, or go somewhere or not, is decided on that. That is the first requirement of the top, top, top level players."

Arsenal will need to bounce back in the Premier League if they want to keep their unhappy fans quiet and Wenger will be expecting a stern test when they travel to Craven Cottage at the weekend.

Fulham will have their tails up after winning their opening match away at Sunderland and will be hoping of further piling on the misery for Arsenal in the early kick-off on Saturday.

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