Arsenal will not be looking to make major changes this summer and fans should not expect any significant rebuilding of the Emirates Stadium squad, according to Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal's manager is often criticised for his caution in the transfer market and many supporters expected he would be forced to make significant changes to the squad after another failed Premier League title race this season. However, the Frenchman dismissed these expectations and insisted he was only interested in reinforcing the current squad and not looking to make wholesale changes.
“It will be busy, but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close. We want to add something that makes us even stronger, but, number wise, it will not be massive," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.
Wenger claimed he would only be looking to make "two or three" signings in the summer and warned that any hopes of getting business done early would be hampered by the World Cup. He claimed the competition in Brazil would mean targets would be focused on their national teams and getting hold of people would not be easy.
“From my experience, the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable," he added.
“Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there’s not a lot happening. People are away. I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going.
“You are not the only one who decides when the business is done because it’s down to availability of players and the clubs who sell decide that.”
Arsenal have a number of issues to address with regards to the squad which make his claim that only a couple of signings are needed surprising. Bacary Sagna is out of contract at the end of the season and Wenger has admitted talks are not ongoing and losing the right-back would take a great deal of experience out of the back four.
Another France international, Olivier Giroud, has been the only viable senior centre-forward option for the Gunners this season and many expect Wenger to make a top-class striker one of his priorities. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and striker Nicklas Bendtner are both set to leave on free transfers, so Arsenal will be left with a few gaps to fill ahead of next season.