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Pires: Arsenal should carry on spending, as Croatian starlet and Rooney linked again

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Arsenal legend Robert Pires has urged the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to carry on spending big at The Emirates.

Mesut Ozil arrived in North London from Real Madrid for a club record £42.5 million this summer - much to the enjoyment and fascination of the Gunners fans.

Pires himself is such a fan, and is hoping that this is not the end of their big-spending tactics:

''If you look at all the successful clubs who won titles and trophies, they always buy after they have been successful. There is no question that Arsenal are at a high level at this moment. They are playing to the kind of football played during my time at the club. And Ozil – well, he is world-class. But there appears to be a new financial philosophy at Arsenal now. Arsene can spend money, more than he has been able to do before and I believe he should add to the squad when he can."

Arsenal were one of many teams linked with Belgian teenager Julien Ngoy this summer. The 15-year-old is a highly rated talent, who has attended the same academy as Romelu Lukaku.

But he has signed for Stoke City.

The deal actually went through two weeks ago, and is a real coup for The Potters, considering Manchester City and Real Madrid were also keen.

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Sime Vrsaljko. The Croatian international is currently with Genoa, and was linked with a move to London last summer.

Now, with Bacary Sagna still out of contract at the end of the season, he could arrive as the new right-back.

Yesterday it was reported by Goal.com that Arsenal were being encouraged by Manchester United to sign Wayne Rooney in January. It is believed that Rooney will not discuss a new contract at Old Trafford, a deal that expires in just 18 months.

Therefore United could cash in on the in-form striker this winter. 

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