Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger insists he is ready to spend big to appease Arsenal fans after embarrassing Liverpool defeat in their first match of the season.
The Frenchman was jeered just an hour into the new Premier League season as his side succumbed 4-3 to Liverpool.
It will be recalled that Leicester City midfielder, Riyad Mahrez yesterday penned a new £25million four-year deal at the King Power stadium ending speculations linking him with Arsenal.
Wenger has since been thwarted in his attempts to sign defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia and turned his attention to West Brom’s Jonny Evans.
When asked if his own fans’ reaction came as a shock, Wenger said: “No. We were disappointed and had to analyse what happened.
“I am not surprised by anything anymore. I can understand everyone’s human reaction. They are disappointed, I am disappointed.
“Fans in our society people are more demanding, more intelligent and have stronger opinions. That is what you have to deal with.
“It is important to make the right decision. I am focused on my job and do 100 per cent what is right.
“We have to address our defensive weaknesses from last week without comprising our style of play.”
On the importance of signing a centre-back, Wenger said; “It was important before the game. It is very difficult to identify people.
“You are convinced I don’t want to spend the money, I assure you we are ready to spend the money we have got.
“Buying players calms the fans down, of course, but we have to make sure it is important to spend money but more important to spend it the right way.
“The price of a player is maybe the identity of the buyer. When he is English it multiples by two, three maybe 10. If the English club doesn’t come in then maybe £5m. If it is an English club £35m, £40m or £50m.
“English clubs can suffocate themselves for a longer period. They buy a player for a high price so there is a high wage. If they go wrong, they have players with high wages who cannot go anywhere.
“We fight against the thought that the only way in football is to buy. It is right when you need the players. We are not scared to spend the money.
“To buy itself is not a quality – to buy good players is a quality. If we have had success in 20 years in improving our structures, it is based on the transfer policy.
“We have many examples of people spending huge numbers on defenders who have not made it. Everyone is in the market for very few players.
“We have plenty who want to join us and all the players who left 99.5% have asked to come back.”
Arsenal faces Leicester this Saturday and two key attacking targets that they missed out on will be playing against them.
Wenger also confirmed that injured duo Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey could be out for “two to three weeks” and said that he is ready to “gamble” on the fitness of three players he wanted to rest after their Euro 2016 exertions.
“I have (Olivier) Giroud, Koscielny and (Mesut) Ozil who have not played for two and a half months, I may take a gamble.
“If I have to take a gamble on one it will certainly be him (Koscielny).”
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