By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger expects the final week of the transfer window to feature a number of loans - but not so many permanent deals.

The Arsenal manager could be in the market for a new recruit but, whatever happens before September 1, he believes that Arsenal are in a better position than they were last summer.

"You can see by my grey hair that it's the transfer window!" joked Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

"Every year, it's difficult. Last year was a bit more difficult because we lost Diaby and Wilshere [to injury] and on top of that we lost Fabregas and Nasri.

"If you lose four players of that calibre… well, you can imagine. This year, we lost a world-class player but it's one.

"I expect there will be a lot of loans [before the deadline], but very few transfers," he added. "Why? Because in Europe there is no money and in England the prices are high so you will see maybe a lot of movement but a lot of loans."

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