By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger is ready to burn the midnight oil in order to land the right player on transfer deadline day.

The Arsenal manager has consistently said he is looking for a central midfielder and he has also consistently said he will only accept the right player at the right price.

The Frenchman believes his squad is good enough without a new addition. That said, he’ll still be working overtime over this weekend.

The transfer window closes at midnight (UK time) on Monday. In the past two seasons, Arsenal have announced big-money moves just before the deadline. If the deal is right, the Frenchman will do it again.

“We are ready to stay up all night if it is needed,” said Wenger. “This season it is at midnight on September 1 so you never know. We have still a long time to go.

“There is always an acceleration of signings. You can see that when you watch TV. For a while they talk the talk and nothing happens. Then in the last four or five days every half an hour comes a headline saying someone has signed somewhere.

“We are out to look, if we find the right player we will do it. But I believe it's more interesting for us to focus on our strengths and quality rather than looking outside. I know that makes headlines but it doesn't make you win games.

“We do not need to strengthen but maybe for the numbers in the squad we can take one more player but no more.”

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29 Aug 2008