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Arsene Wenger tells fans to expect transfers

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told Gunners fans to expect a flurry of transfer activity before the close of the transfer window.

Speaking at a press conference before this weekend's Emirates Cup, Wenger confirmed that Arsenal are still actively pursuing transfer targets but may have to wait until the last few weeks of the window to complete the deals.

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"I think August 15 to 30 will be busy again," Wenger said. "I'm very happy [with Arsenal's transfer business] and I'm still open to doing more."

Arsenal have spent more than £60m on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers so far and more are expected through the door.

Transfer deadline drama

The Gunners have been involved in transfer drama late in the summer windows during the past two years. Last August they completed a club record £42m deal for Germany international Mesut Ozil just hours before the deadline.

Before that Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker were late additions. Potential targets for Arsenal include a defensive midfielder and a new striker. Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton and Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender have been linked.

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Khedira still on?

But one of their top targets remains Sami Khedira of Real Madrid. Wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block as the Germany midfielder reportedly wants around £150,000-a-week to join his international teammates Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski at the Emirates Stadium.

But it will not just be incomings between now and September 2nd. Wenger also confirmed that Thomas Vermaelen could leave the club before the deadline, with Manchester United believed to be a possible destination.

The Belgian international wants first-team football after a season warming the bench behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

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