Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted he is ready to splash big in the transfer window, with Karim Benzema high up on his hitlist.
The French boss has overseen the arrival of big-name players over the past few seasons, including Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The Gunners have one win from their first two games in the Premier League and will have the chance to improve that record when they take on Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
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Wenger admitted that Arsenal's commitment to building a new stadium hindered their ability to sign new players, but insists now they are in position to compete with the best.
That could well mean a move for Benzema; the French forward is said to be in danger of losing his starting striker role to Gareth Bale under new boss Rafa Benitez this season and that could prompt a switch to Arsenal.
The Arsenal boss seemed to hint at a move for Benzema by mentioning players at elite clubs who are on the fringes of their starting XI's.
“What is new for us, there are two ways,” Wenger said. “Before, when we were building the stadium, the big clubs came to buy the players from us.
"Now we are in a position where we can keep our big players but sometimes there are so many big players in the other big, big clubs who are good but do not play. So after a year or two you can get a good deal. Sánchez is a case. Pedro is another case. Arjen Robben is another.”
So far this summer Arsenal have completed a deal for Petr Cech from Chelsea for around £10 million while they have been continuously linked with Benzema as well as a new defensive midfielder. Real Madrid remain adamant that Benzema won't be sold this summer.