Arsene Wenger explains Arsenal prudence

Wenger explains Arsenal prudence
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Arsene Wenger admits that he wants Arsenal to be financially sound before spending big money on players.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained that the club's apparent reluctance to spend big money on transfers was down to his wanting a sound financial footing for the Gunners.

Wenger said that the club had the £42.5m for the signing of Mesut Ozil in the bank, which meant that he was happy to bring the player in.

"I fight for the teams to spend the money they have made and not artificially earned," BBC Sport quotes Wenger as saying. "Once we have made that money I am happy to spend it. It is also important for us to find world-class players.

"We had to go through some years where we had restricted financial potential. We are now in a stronger position financially.

"Honestly, I think [Ozil's signing] was linked with Gareth Bale's transfer. I don't know exactly what happened inside Madrid. Was it down to financial reasons? Maybe they had to let someone go, I was surprised."

Ozil is in line to make his Arsenal debut against Sunderland on Saturday.

Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid looks on during the pre-season match between Lyon and Real Madrid on July 24, 2013
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