Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is desperate to strengthen his team ahead of the new season, but he also believes it's important to allow the current crop of players to develop their own abilities by giving them suitable game-time.
A lot of signings were expected to be made by Wenger and Arsenal after chief executive Ivan Gazidis revealed that the club are in a financially strong position for the first time since moving to the Emirates stadium from Highbury, but so far the club have failed to live up to expectations.
The Gunners have only been able to sign France U-21 international Yaya Sanogo and Wenger has confirmed that the club are not close to signing anyone.
Over the last few weeks, the north London side have been linked with players like; Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic and Bernard, but nothing concrete has developed for them.
Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger has revealed why it's harder to sign players these days than what is what a few years ago and he believes the money in countries like France has made European football more competitive.
The Frenchman has also admitted that signings will be happening for the club, but he also believes it is important for him to allow his current crop of players to develop by making sure they feature enough for the club.
“I believe that everybody competes on a very high level,” he said. “What has changed recently is that in Europe, countries like France have bought some very talented players who would two or three years ago all have come to England. That makes the chase for talent very difficult.
“What we want is not a [big] name but a good player. The name is less important. What is important is the quality of the player. We want as many top players as we can but we have to focus on the players [already here] and develop them as well.
“In midfield you have plenty of candidates - there's a big fight in midfield. Sagna has settled in well as a centre back. We have a strong squad. We are there on the market trying to strengthen our team.”
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