Wenger: Summer spending’s not over

The Gunners boss may have been out at the World Cup in South Africa

working as a pundit for French television, but Wenger has not

wasted any time in strengthening his squad. Long-term target

Marouane Chamakh, the Morocco striker, was signed on a free

transfer before the tournament, and confirmation of the arrival of

promising French centre-back Laurent Koscielny came on Wednesday in

what is understood to be a £10million deal. Wenger, though,

fully intends to bring in more defensive cover as well as possibly

a new goalkeeper, while the matter of the future of captain Cesc

Fabregas, who will face team-mate Robin van Persie in Sunday’s

World Cup final, remains to be sorted one way or another. Juventus

are open to offers for Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo, who has long

been on Wenger’s radar, while Arsenal could also yet move for Joe

Cole, the England midfielder now a free agent having left rivals

Chelsea. However, with veterans William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre

set to leave after the end of their contracts, and Sol Campbell

considering his options, Arsenal are in more pressing need of at

least one more body at the back. The Gunners have been linked with

Bolton’s Gary Cahill as well as German international Serdar Tasci.

“Koscielny can be an outstanding addition to our team, but it is

not over, we are still open to buy,” Wenger told the club’s

official website. “We are still on the market for another defensive

player because we have the need for one more.” The majority of the

Arsenal squad have now returned to pre-season training ahead of

next weekend’s first friendly against Barnet. Those who have been

involved on international duty, however, are not scheduled to meet

up with the squad until the trip to Austria, where Arsenal will

play against Sturm Graz on July 21. Wenger has moved to allay fears

over the fitness of striker Nicklas Bendtner. The Denmark

international, who missed a large spell of last season because of

injury, has been troubled by a groin problem throughout the World

Cup and interrupted his holiday to be assessed by the Arsenal

medical team. “We need to check it to see if we have to do

something, but no, it is not a big problem,” Wenger said.