Wenger slams 'ridiculous' link

03 January 2009 10:51
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed as fantasy suggestions that he could splash major cash in the January transfer window. The Gunners have been linked with a number of high-profile targets, but Wenger says he will stick with his tried and tested policy of bringing in younger players and helping them improve. He said: "We have a specific budget which is not as big as I have read in the newspapers, some ridiculous amounts of money that are completely crazy. "This team is together, getting stronger and stronger, but what we need to focus on is continually developing and not live in dreamland where we are linked with players of £30million or £40million, because that is not realistic. "We have a very, very good squad and we will go for an exceptional talent only, but if it is just to have one player more, we will not do it. "At the moment, people in football are not conscious of what is facing us economically. "People still think we are in a bubble, but we will be hit like anybody else in this economical crisis, I am convinced of that. "You will have a much more cautious market than you expect it to be and one of the isolated powers you could have are Manchester City. "That will be one of their strengths, because they will not have quite as much competition as they would have had in normal circumstances."

Source: ESA