Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'M NOT AFRAID TO SPEND; BUT I WILL ONLY BRING QUALITY TO ARSENAL, SAYS WENGER; I'm Not Afraid to Splash Cash, Says Wenger

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'M NOT AFRAID TO SPEND; BUT I WILL ONLY BRING QUALITY TO ARSENAL, SAYS WENGER; I'm Not Afraid to Splash Cash, Says Wenger

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

ARSENE WENGER today insisted that Arsenal "are not frightened" to reinvest the money received from the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.

The Gunners could receive up to [pounds sterling]35million for the 24-year-old, who signed a five-year deal at the Nou Camp this morning.

With ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of Samir Nasri, who has been linked with a [pounds sterling]22m move to Manchester City, Wenger is under huge pressure to bolster a squad that appear weaker than last season.

Wenger said: "What I want to say is we are not frightened to spend money but we have to be convinced the player is better than what we have.

"That is our main concern, to bring quality. We have quality but want to add more quality.

"I have been in football for a long time and I don't think just spending money is a target that is defendable.

"To spend the money on a top player is defendable. But just to spend the money is like you are worried. Our fans can be proud of the way we run this club, of the quality of player we have, and of the financial situation that is existing at the club."

Wenger rejected claims from Shakhtar Donetsk that they had accepted an offer from Arsenal for Brazilian midfieler Jadson and also ruled out a move for City striker Carlos Tevez.

The apparent inactivity is causing consternation among Arsenal fans but Wenger urged them to stay together for the sake of the club. …

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