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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Arsene Wenger new contract would be 'inappropriate'

Arsene Wenger should not be offered a new contract as boss of the club, the Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) said today.

According to business blogger The Swiss Ramble, the Gunners have a cash balance of £154 million, which is thought to be almost as much cash as the rest of the Premier League’s other 19 clubs combined (£181 million).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

In a statement, the AST said: "In recent weeks [chief executive] Ivan Gazidis has spoken of the club's intent to offer Arsene Wenger a new contract.

"The AST believes this is inappropriate...The fact that there is money available for squad-strengthening is not disputed. The AST's independent analysis suggests that the amount is somewhere between £70m-£100m.

"Arsenal supporters are dismayed by this continued lack of ambition most notably illustrated when the manager describes fourth place as like a trophy".

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