Wenger happy despite Spurs spree

31 August 2013 12:01

Manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal squad to show their true value when big-spending Tottenham head to the Emirates Stadium for Sunday's north London derby.

While Spurs star man Gareth Bale is on the verge of a multi-million pound move to Real Madrid, they have nevertheless smashed the club transfer record three times this summer bringing in the likes of Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and £26million striker Roberto Soldado, with the signing of Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest confirmed on Friday.

Tottenham's summer spending spree passed the £90million mark when they completed the signing of Erik Lamela from Roma while the club announced last night they had reached an agreement with Ajax over the transfer of Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen.

By contrast, Wenger has completed only the free transfers of midfielder Mathieu Flamini and France Under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo.

Arsenal are, though, expected to be late movers ahead of the September 2 deadline - with Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria of Real Madrid said to be top of the wanted list.

Wenger, however, insists his men can show they are more than a match for Spurs' new big-money signings by continuing on from the wins over Fulham and Fenerbahce following an opening day home defeat by Aston Villa.

"I can understand that it is very interesting for people to read the newspapers and see who goes in and out, but there is only one thing that matters if you really love football - and that is what happens on the pitch," said Wenger, who will be without forward Lukas Podolski for up to three months because of a torn hamstring.

"We have a way to play, good players and let's focus on that.

"It's a good opportunity for us to show our strengths against Tottenham because they have as well strengthened their team.

"I am confident that we will have a very good performance."

Source: PA

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