By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger says only 10 players in the world are beyond his pocket.

The Arsenal manager is still chasing “one or two” additions before the transfer window shuts on August 31 and has money available to purchase them.

The Frenchman wants to operate on a sure financial footing but, despite the bank-busting fees meted out by Manchester City and Real Madrid this summer, he has sufficient funds to bring almost anyone to Emirates Stadium.

“There are still a lot of players who want to come to Arsenal, because they like the way we play and develop them,” he said. “They feel they get access to top level competition, so I do not think we have a handicap.

“The market now is a world market, so you can always find good players. There are only a few players who have a price which we cannot reach - maybe 10 in the world but, for the rest, we have access to the market.

“I have all the players in place,” he went on. “I always said if we need to add one or two more we could and the transfer period is open until August 31.

“Ideally you want not to move any more but you always have to adjust. If there is a need there, we will do it.”

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14 Aug 2009