By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger wants his new signings to be judged on their ability not their transfer fee.
The Arsenal manager has already brought in Gervinho, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain over the summer. He may well add to that list before the transfer window closes at the end of the month because, as the Frenchman says, the Club scouts "are everywhere".
But, for Wenger, the price tag - big or small - is not the issue.
"Sometimes I think that the credit a player gets is linked to the amount of money paid for them," said Wenger after the draw at Newcastle. "When I look at Gervinho I think that he is a great player and I forget how much he cost. It is frustrating because it looks like the players are judged on the money they cost.
"We have all our scouts all over the world and we look everywhere," he added. "We are not scared to spend money if we find the right player. But spending money is not the right target in itself. We want to find the right player and whether it is for £2 million or £20 million we will do it."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source