Wenger predicts slow summer market

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects the transfer market to be quiet this summer at Emirates Stadium and everywhere else in Europe.


The Gunners have already announced the signing of Lukas Podolski from Cologne for next season and have been heavily linked with a move for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, but Wenger claims the club are not concentrating on new additions for now.


The Frenchman has admitted he may make “one or two” more signings eventually but cited squad size restrictions in the Premier League and wider economic worries in the Eurozone as reasons for why he does not expect there to be great movement in the market.


“We have already bought Podolski and we have bought five players during the season when it had already started,” he told the club’s website.


“I believe that the summer will be quiet for many reasons; first of all in England you have a 25-man limited squad number.


“Secondly the financial situation all over Europe is really bad and in some countries they have other worries than football. Therefore I expect it to be quiet.


“In our job, and this is like a football match, it is not completely predictable. But on the vibes I get even from the clubs who are big spenders, they all want to slow down”


Despite the continuous links to various players around Europe, Wenger claimed the Gunners’ main focus will be on the rehabilitation of key players in the current squad who are injured and offloading those who are no longer wanted.


“Our job will be focused on inside [matters] now we have Podolski,” he explained.


“That means to get Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby back in a healthy situation and then I believe we have quite a big squad. It will be [our intention] to trim a little bit and if possible add one or two players.”


Wenger’s side face a must-win game in the final day clash with West Brom on Sunday, where anything other than victory will leave their Champions League qualification in serious doubt.

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