Wenger: I Will buy big again for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal could well be back in the transfer market when the window opens again in January.
And the Gunners boss says it is entirely possible that the club will follow recruiting big-money captures such as Mesut Ozil season after season.
Asked if could fans expect to see one or two of major signings in campaigns to follow, he said: “If they are needed, then yes. If it’s just for marketing reasons, then no. But for football reasons, why not.”
And quizzed on if he expects to go back in to the market, he added: “I don’t rule it out. I don’t rule it out at all, but saying that I don’t want to encourage more speculation. We have just come out of a transfer market that has been very agitated, so let’s not go into the next one today! I just want to focus on football now.”
Wenger has also revealed that he first tried to sign the Germany playmaker- bought from Real Madrid in the summer for £42.5million – three years ago.
He said: “The timing of the deal was linked to the Gareth Bale deal, but also all the other deals as well because Real Madrid bought Illarramendi and Isco in the summer. When I first contacted Real Madrid, things were quite open.
“They also needed time for Carlo Ancelotti to get to know his squad better, so he could make a decision. So all these aspects put together explains why it happened so late.
“We had a big advantage, and that was that I had been in contact with Mesut before, when he first went to Real Madrid three years ago. I spoke to him back then on the phone, in the end he told me he wanted to go to Real Madrid, so I wished him well, but that first contact had been made.
“He knew that I wanted him for a long time, and this was not the first time I tried to sign him.”
Wenger has also lifted the lid on coping with a smaller budget for new recruits up until this summer.
He said: “Of course, it’s a big responsibility to spend that amount of money. But I feel comfortable with it because we had the money to do it. Before we couldn’t have done it because we didn’t have the money available. It’s as simple as that.
“I had a huge sense of responsibility when we built the stadium to get the club through it without going bankrupt. The first years were difficult, and also explained why we lost some players. Now we are in a more comfortable financial position, I – more than anyone – want the great players to play for Arsenal Football Club. If we have to spend the money to do that, I will spend the money.”
But the Frenchman concedes he will still advance cautiously when it comes to hiring marquee players. Asked if buying big for Arsenal was his new policy, he said: “No, the policy is exactly the same – I always want to bring the best players in here, world-class players, at the best possible price.
“And I want to continue to educate 60 to 80 per cent of the squad ourselves. The culture of the club, the way we want to play football and the way we want to behave, comes from within. The Wilsheres, the Ramseys, the Gibbs – these kind of players have to be the culture of the club. Then on top of that we want to bring world-class players who will help us to be even stronger.”

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