LONDON, Sporting Alert – After missing out on winning the English Premier League title this season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that it maybe time to spend.
Speaking after his team’s 4-0 victory over relegated Aston Villa on Sunday to finish second in the EPL table standings and the Frenchman, after his team failed to keep pace with champions Leicester City in the title race, admits that it’s time to freshen things up.
The Gunners collected 71 points to finish 10 points behind the Foxes in the league standings, but earned their highest league finish for the first time since 2005.
Wenger has been strongly criticized for his lack of spending in the past in addition to his side’s poor results when it matters, and the veteran manager now thinks it’s time to shake some things up – outlining that he is targeting three new players in the transfer window this summer.
Veterans Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are all leaving the Emirates this summer and it is understood the owners are keen to see changes for next season.
The owners will not stop Wenger from spending on the players he needs, and the Frenchman has revealed that he’s ready to buy.
“We want to keep the squad stable over the summer while strengthening where possible,” Wenger said.
“You want the group to be stimulated and to believe that we have improved the quality. Maybe bring in three players for example. That is the right level for me.”
Wenger added on BBC Sport: “Stan Kroenke is completely behind the board and myself to invest as much money as we want. Of course it has to be in respect of a balanced budget.
“We have resources — it’s more the players that are difficult to find, because everybody has money in England, and everybody is after good players.
“And good players are not legion. You have to be shrewd, and a bit lucky as well.”
Striker Olivier Giroud netted a hat-trick in the last game of the season in the one-sided victory for Arsenal against Aston Villa, as the Gunners replaced Tottenham in the runners-up spot.
The Spurs suffered a shocking 5-1 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.
“It was good to have our fans happy and everybody happy from a fantastic game,” Wenger said on www.Arsenal.com.
“It was a good finish to the season. We finished second in the league and it was not what we wanted.