By Mark Finlay
So far during the summer transfer window, Arsenal have failed to sign a single player, with Wenger admitting that they need to bring in some new players.
Ahead of Arsenals season opener at home to Aston Villa on Saturday Arsene Wenger has admitted that they are trying to sign three new players, but refused to talk about if Luis Suarez was one of them or not.
“I don’t disagree that we are a bit light at the moment,” said Wenger.
“There are 18 days to go until the end of the transfer market and we are of course looking to strengthen our squad.
“We look more for quality than for numbers and the first request is to have the quality to play for Arsenal Football Club.
“Yes, we would like two or three players, if possible more, but we will not compromise on the quality of the players.
“I understand every frustration but what is important is the quality of what you do on the pitch, so let’s not create a crisis from nothing.”
Regarding Suarez he added: “I don’t want to come out on any specific name because that would not be right.
“To finalise any transfer you need the agreement of three parties. It is not easy, there are a shortage of top, top, top players who are available.”
Mertesacker to captain Gunners
When talking about the Villa match, Wenger announced that Per Mertesacker will be the captain of an Arsenal side that is dealing with injuries.
Wenger said: “(Thomas) Vermaelen is out, (Nacho) Monreal is out, (Mikel) Arteta will be out. Monreal will return soon, the others are a bit longer.”
“Every football game is a massive excitement for me,” said the boss. “And a good start is vital, especially when you play at home.
“Villa plan for the future and they plan long term. Benteke has qualities that you cannot lose over the summer and I think he can be more dangerous this year as well.”