Arsene Wenger, Arsenal,

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger apologised to the fans last night after the Gunners suffered a humiliating loss to Aston Villa at home in the season opener.

Wenger’s side were booed at fulltime with many of the crowd shouting at the 63-year-old to spend some of the £70 million he had available before the transfer window closes on the 2nd of September.

“What hurts me is to disappoint people who love the club,” said Wenger.

“I’m here to make them happy and when I do not I can only say sorry, come back and make them happy in the next game.”

Wenger insists that the side he put out was good enough to have won the game, but added he will be going to the market for new players.

“I’m there to buy players, if we find them we’ll do it,” he explained. “I’m not the only one working on that – it’s not my money, it’s the money of the club and we’re ready to spend it if we find the right players.

“We could have won the game today with the players on the pitch, I’m convinced of that. We started well but after that everything went wrong – injuries, decisions, going down to 10 men and the chances missed.”

When questioned about the chants from the crowd Wenger said: “It [the crowd reaction] is understandable, they pay their money to watch us and we need to put in better performances and win games. My message to them is to stick with us – it’s a long season.”