Wenger criticised after loss

Arsene Wenger has said he is "ready to buy players" after the Arsenal boss received criticism for losing this weekend's match against Aston Villa and was accused of being unwilling to spend on new players.

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Arsenal try to pick themselves up

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejected on the touchline Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Manager Arsene Wenger maintains his bruised Arsenal squad cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves if they are to bounce back from a nightmare opening day defeat by Aston Villa and keep alive their Champions League dream in Turkey next week.

The Gunners were booed off after they lost 3-1 at home to an industrious Villa side, who were helped somewhat by a controversial second-half penalty and the dismissal of Laurent Koscielny for a second yellow card.

Given the criticism for failing to land any major summer transfer targets despite having millions in the bank, it was hardly the ideal warm-up ahead of Tuesday night's first leg of a crucial Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce at the intimidating Sukru Saracoglu stadium.

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