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'We are on alert in the transfer market'

Arsene Wenger

Arsène Wenger took questions about transfers and his current squad following the convincing pre-season victory against Viking FK.

Here's what he said: 

on Santi Cazorla…It’s the first time he’s played 90 minutes for a long, long time because he’s basically been out since November. He played the last game of the season and 90 minutes today. Let’s see how he recovers from that. Of course we need him back in good shape. He’s a pleasure to watch, especially when it’s a demonstration like tonight. He’s one of the few players that you don’t know whether they’re right or left footed. It’s good that he came through well. We have no injuries tonight so that’s positive.

on Per Mertesacker…Mertesacker will be out for at least four months.

on Jack Wilshere…Jack has started running again today. He will train next week.

on Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud…Liverpool would come too early.

on transfers…It’s not the prices, it’s the players. At the moment I’m focused on the players we have. Today we didn’t have Ramsey, Xhaka, Alexis - he will play on Sunday. We still have Ozil at home, and Giroud and Koscielny too. We also have young players who came on and did well. We do not have to panic but we are on alert in the transfer market so that we can make the right move when the opportunity comes up.

 

 

on the possibility of a new striker…The money is never a problem if you have to pay what is requested. The price of a player is down to four ingredients. One is the talent, two his age, three is how much you expect him to improve your team, and four his resale value. If he ticks all four boxes then the price is not that important. You have to find the player.