Wenger fears he will be gazumped by Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Wenger turning his thoughts to summer transfers
Wenger turning his thoughts to summer transfers

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he faces a transfer market scrap with Manchester United this summer, with his big-spending rivals in the mix for many of his targets.

Wenger's side will look to wrap up a top three finish in the Premier League by beating United at Old Trafford this Sunday, but he concedes the battle to win the race to sign players ahead of Louis van Gaal's side may be more challenging.

"It looks to me that they are on the market because every player I am offered, I'm told Man Utd is on the case as well," said Wenger with a smile.

"They are very active. You expect them to come back with some strong buys and they already have a strong squad. If you look at their squad already, it is top quality."

Wenger also refused to rule out a summer bid to try and lure Petr Cech from Chelsea, with speculation mounting that the Gunners are at the front of the queue for the experienced stopper.

"That’s a tricky question because we are not interested in anybody at the moment," said Wenger when he was asked about Cech.

"We will start with transfers at the end of the season and I don’t deal with the ‘if’ players are available. We have world class goalkeepers, we have three."

They are comments that suggest Wenger may well consider a bid to sign Cech this summer, with the 32-year-old stopper keen to leave Chelsea after losing his first team place to Thibaut Courtois this season.