By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger has reiterated his desire to complete transfer business early in the summer.
Arsenal announced their deal to bring Lukas Podolski to Emirates Stadium on Monday, with the German international set to link up with the squad at the end of the campaign.
Wenger is keen to add further reinforcements to his squad over the summer and will now move on to the second part of his plans.
“[We want to make early signings] if possible, yes,” he told Arsenal Player. “We wanted at least one target to be sorted out early.
“Now we are in a position where the second part of our signings will be to take care of the players who are injured and to get them back for the start of next season.
“I think of course about Jack Wilshere, and about Abou Diaby. Per Mertesacker I think will be ready at the start of next season. Then, if you look at our squad, we have quite a big one and before we buy again we have to look at how many players we will have.
Wenger concedes that another swift deal may have to wait until the futures of some of the Club’s other stars are concluded.
“I don't exclude it but we have to respect that [25-man squad] number,” said the Frenchman. “That is a big problem for every club and before you go out on the transfer market you have to see how you cope with the 25 players.”
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