Wenger looking to strengthen

The Gunners reluctantly agreed a deal with Barcelona to allow

Fabregas to return home while Nasri’s refusal to extend his stay

meant the club were always likely to cash in. The club have landed

the likes of Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson,

but fans are keen to see more fresh faces as Wenger seeks to end

their six-year run without silverware. The transfer window closes

in a week’s time and the Frenchman insists the club will be

bolstering their injury-hit squad following an inauspicious start

to the new Premier League campaign. “We will strengthen our squad

of course, in the coming weeks,” confirmed Wenger in the Daily

Mirror ahead of Wednesday’s crucial UEFA Champions League play-off

against Udinese. “Hopefully we can manage to do that.” Wenger has

again delved into the reasons why they sold Fabregas and their

decision to agree a deal with City for Nasri. The Gunners boss

believes it was logical to sell Nasri for financial and

psychological reasons. “We did not want to lose Fabregas, but we

were forced into a situation we didn’t want,” he continued. “Nasri

is a situation where the player didn’t want to extend his contract

with the proposals he had somewhere else. “What kind of commitment

can you have when the player is not there long-term? That is the

question you have to answer.” He added: “Football rules are made

like that, that the player can be worth a lot of money today and

nothing in six months. “So it doesn’t look completely logical but,

at the end of the day, of course, we are forced into a decision

like that for psychological and financial reasons.”