By Anna Sneider

For years now Arsenal fans have criticised manager Arsene Wenger’s ability to bring in top quality players with the 65-year-old Frenchman often saying he could not find value in the market as a way of defending the fact he did not sign anyone.

Here we are now on the verge of the 2015 January transfer window opening with Arsenal fans aware that the club at the very least needs to sign a centre-back and a holding midfielder in what could be the best chance they have had in years to make it to the Champions League final and ensure at least a fourth place finish in the league.

While speaking to the Guardian Wenger says he knows he is perhaps perceived as being a Scrooge, but now that he is no longer burdened by the need for the club to pay for the construction of the Emirates Stadium he will spend what is necessary for the club to finish out the season on a high note.

“There is a huge difference between the perception that people have of me and [the reality]: I’m not scared to spend money,” said Wenger. “If you go out with me one night, you will understand that.”

“What I don’t like is to spend money that I don’t have,” he said. “Now I have money so no problem spending it at all. What I fought against was spending money that would have put the future of the club in danger.”