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Wenger says he’s willing to spend on a striker

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that he’s willing to spend big to bring in a striker to the club, if they player ticks off all his boxes.

Arsene’s interest in adding another striker to the is well known, with the Gunners being linked with several forwards. The club has already seen one bid of £29 million for Lyon frontman Alexandre Lacazette get rejected, but reports say they might come back with an improved offer for the Frenchman.

“It’s not the prices, it’s the players,” Wenger said after Arsenal’s win over Norwegian side Viking FK in Stavanger on Friday. “The money is never a problem if you have to pay what is requested.

“The price of a player is down to four ingredients; one is the talent, two is his age, three is how much you expect him to improve your team, and four is his resale value.

“If he ticks all four boxes then the price is not that important. You have to find the player.

“At the moment I’m focused on the players we have. Today we didn’t have Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Alexis Sanchez, who will play [against Manchester City in Gothenburg, Sweden] on Sunday. We still have Mesut Ozil at home, and Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny too.

“We also have young players who came on and did well. We do not have to panic but we are on alert in the transfer market so that we can make the right move when the opportunity comes up.”

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