The Gunners have made just one signing this summer – Yaya Sanogo a free transfer from Ligue 2 side Auxerre, however Wenger has plenty of faith in the youngster.
The Arsenal boss also suggested his side are working hard in the market and are not only pursuing Suarez but “other different cases”.
He revealed the following in the pre-Emirates Cup press conference:
There are two ways for us to strengthen our team.
The first is internal and [remember] we finished with 73 points last year after a very strong run. But I feel, because we are a very young core of players, there is room for improvement.
So the second part is to of course strengthen our squad from outside.
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We have signed Sanogo. He has not made the headlines. Why? Because he is not £50m to £100million but I am quite confident he will make them soon on the pitch, and that for me is the most important.
There is one month to go. We are at the beginning of August, the transfer window finishes at the start of September. We are working very hard to strengthen our squad.
I don’t want to speak about Suarez because that is between Liverpool and Arsenal. We will completely respect what Liverpool wants to do. We want to do that if it is feasible in an amicable way.
I am a great believer you have to keep as much confidentiality as possible. That is quite difficult in the modern world.
But we work very hard, not only on that case, on other different cases.
And here it is, the most ludicrous statement the Frenchman has made since the “fourth place is like a trophy” statement:
If you look at many teams around us, nothing has happened until now. At the moment the market hasn’t moved a lot. Apart from Man City, nobody has done anything.
Errr Chelsea have bought a Chilean defender Cristian Cuevas from O’Higgins for €1.9m; former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer; Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse for a fee of €9.4m and German forward Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen for a healthy €22m. Total of €33.3m, that’s smart buying and all wrapped up nice and early.
Liverpool have brought in ex Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for €10.6m; Spanish midfielder Luis Alberto from Sevilla for €8m; Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas for €8.2m; former Gunner Kolo Toure on a free transfer from Manchester City – all of these were early on in the window for a total of € 26.8m.
Even Spurs have spent a total of €58.2m on the Spanish striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia for €30m; Belgian midfielder Nacer Chadli from Twente for a fee of €8.2m and Brazilian combative midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians for €20m.
The only exception is Manchester United who have only brought in the €1.8m Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela from Penarol, but they won the Premier League title last season by a country mile and have four international strikers at their dispense.
West Brom and Reading are the only other teams to not have spent any money reinforcing this summer. It’s a joke.
I know there is still a month to go in the market, but the lack of top quality forwards available let alone the defensive midfielder that we all crave worries me. We will most likely not be challenging for the title this season unless at least one big name, established striker graces our doors.
It’s also important to not forget that Arsenal have released a ton of players as well as the possibility of selling Gervinho this summer. The youngsters are really going to have to step it up this season.
(Apologies for the use of euros, check out all the transfer in’s here)