Arsene Wenger feels pressure to spend big

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Wenger convinced has assembled a title winning squad
Wenger convinced has assembled a title winning squad

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had admitted his big spending Premier League rivals are putting the pressure on him to splash the cash in the final week of the transfer window.

Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign Kenyan midfielder enforcer Victor Wanyama after he confirmed he wants to leave Southampton, while an audacious bid to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is also on Wenger's radar.

Now the Gunners boss has admitted he is feeling an urge to bolster his squad ahead of the September 1st transfer deadline.

“Of course, there is pressure to keep up with the rest,” Wenger told Sunday newspaper reporters. “All of them have spent more money, but only one can win the title.

“It’s not just the consequence of the money they spend in how successful you are, that is why you have to keep your nerve and not buy just because the others buy. You should buy because you have found a player that can really give you a plus.

“There is always time to take a gamble and we are not against taking a gamble, but what you want is to take a gamble in a market where the opportunity is there.”

Wenger insists he is content with the squad he has and will only spend if he is presented with a chance to sign a top star, as he has backed his current group of players to mount a sustained push for the title.

"I believe this squad is ready to fight for the title and has a chance to do it given that we are continuing to develop as a team," added Wenger. 

"Internally we have the resources to do that and it is also important that we don’t have too many major injuries like last year.

"I don’t know how good the other teams will be. Man City started especially in an impressive way but the season is long."

Arsenal will look to cement their status as title contender when they take on Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Monday night.