Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed what he believes is a 'big problem' with the transfer market in today's wealthy world of football.
The Gunners have only managed to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea, while all of their title rivals have strengthen in a significant amount of areas.
The Stamford Bridge club and Manchester City have made big money signings this week, however Wenger has said there are not enough top quality options that are available in the transfer market as clubs get richer and richer.
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Arsenal reportedly have a £200 million war chest to spend on additions to their squad this summer, but so far the Gunners have been unable to bring in any outfield additions and Wenger has explained it is not as simple as lining up a player and taking him.
As relayed by the Guardian, the French boss said: “It is difficult, because there is more money in football, more clubs with big resources, and less players available.
"The funds are there more than the players who could strengthen the squad. That is a big problem. People know that you have the resources and they want you to buy players from clubs who do not need your resources, and who are not necessarily prepared to sell.
“It is simple. For any deal when you want to buy something, you go to see the owner and if he doesn't want to sell, he doesn't want to sell. You cannot buy. In our job it is exactly like that. In Europe you have maybe 15 clubs with a huge financial resource.”
Following the addition of Cech, Arsenal were many peoples favourites to win the Premier League as it was expected the club would make a flurry of new additions in their perceived weak areas.
But as transfer deadline day draws closer Arsenal's inactivity has lowered expectation surrounding the North London club.
Wenger has said he still expects their to be new additions before the window slams shut, and if Arsenal are to avoid another disappointing campaign you feel they will need to add two or three new faces to their current crop of players.