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Wenger looks to spend as deadline draws closer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has declared that he would like to bring in 'two or three players' before the end of the transfer window.

Wenger stated that whilst he is looking to strengthen his squad, he is looking for quality not quantity. He was speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of his sides Premier League opener against Aston Villa tomorrow.

Despite only bringing in one new player this summer, striker Yaya Sanogo, Wenger admitted that his squad was quite thin.

He said: 'I don't disagree that we are a bit light at the moment. We are looking to strengthen our squad. 'It's not a question of spending money, it's a question of buying the right players.'

Fans will be frustrated with the lack of movement so far but they will be hoping that they see some new faces join the squad before the end of August. There was real optimism earlier in the summer that the club would bring in the calibre of players needed to challenge for major honours but not have come in so far but there is still two weeks left.

The Arsenal manager also was pleased how his sides British core was developing well, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott all stand to play a big role in the upcoming season.

There was some good news for Arsenal, as Ramsey and Theo Walcott were declared fit for the game at the Emirates.

They were dealt a blow though with Mikel Arteta looking set for an extended spell on the sidelines with a thigh strain; he will miss both crucial Champions League playoff games against Fenerbahce.

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