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Wenger 'can spend 30m on player'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Wenger is hoping to develop his own first-team players

Arsene Wenger has the financial resources available to spend 30m on a player if he so chooses, according to Arsenal director Danny Fizsman.

The Gunners have lost Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb and Gilberto since last season, but Wenger has so far recruited only Samir Nasri and Mikael Silvestre.

"If he said 'I want this guy and he's 30m, can I buy him?', the answer is yes. Absolutely yes," revealed Fizsman.

"It's not our decision who he spends money on, nor will it ever be ours."

If Arsene found the right player he would buy him

Arsenal director Danny Fizsman
Arsenal have not won a trophy for three seasons and there have been calls from supporters for Wenger to bolster his squad with some big-money signings.

The Gunners have brought in midfielder Nasri from Marseille for 12m and defender Mikael Silvestre from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee, thought to be under 1m.

But Fizsman added: "There were great expectations and hopes that we would buy heavily this summer.

"We totally back Wenger, it's his decision. If Arsene found the right player he would buy that player, but at the moment he hasn't."

And Fizsman admitted that if the Gunners were to buy established players before the transfer window shuts on 1 September, it could cause problems.

"There's a dual problem for him," said the Arsenal director of Wenger.

"If we buy star names, you are talking about relatively mature players who need to be integrated into the way Arsene plays - they don't know our style and it also impacts on the youngsters who have been brought through."


Wenger recently said in an interview that he wants to develop his first-team players through the youth ranks at the club.

The Frenchman said that he decided on this policy during the club's development of their Emirates Stadium, which opened at the start of the 2006-07 season.

"When we decided to build the stadium I wanted to anticipate the possibility of financial restrictions, so I concentrated on youth," Wenger said in an interview with the Independent newspaper.

"I also felt the best way to create an identity with the way we play football, to get players integrated into our culture, with our beliefs, our values, was to get them as young as possible and to develop them together.

"I felt it would be an interesting experiment to see players grow together with these qualities, and with a love for the club."

see also
Arsenal sign Man Utd's Silvestre
20 Aug 08 |  Arsenal
Wenger no closer to new signings
24 Aug 08 |  Arsenal
Nasri completes move to Arsenal
11 Jul 08 |  Arsenal
Gilberto moves to Panathinaikos
17 Jul 08 |  Arsenal

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