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Arsenal manager admits he loves a good bargain

Arsene Wenger may not have much in common with Black Friday shoppers but the Arsenal boss admits he loves a genuine bargain as much as anyone.

Arsene Wenger was told about Black Friday earlier today. Credit: PA

With Britain braced for another day of massive sales across most retail sectors, Wenger will be preparing his side for Sunday's Premier League trip to Norwich.

The Frenchman has indicated his intention to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window - expected to be a defensively-minded midfielder - and while he knows bargain buys make everyone happy his own idea of a steal may differ from that of the Black Friday masses.

After having the concept explained to him, Wenger said:

I love a bargain. Who doesn't love a bargain? I don't know many people that don't like a bargain. If they need two TVs, yes. But if they don't need one, why should they buy two? That's where you come back to what is a bargain.

What is a bargain for us is to buy players of top quality, because only top quality strengthens our squad. I can tell you I bought Patrick Vieira for £2.5million and it was a top bargain because he was a top-quality player.

We spent nearly £40million on Mesut Ozil but I still consider it a bargain because the player is top quality and the priority has to be the quality of the player.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger explains Arsenal January transfer plans

Wenger is looking to strengthen Arsenal's squad in January. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger is ready to enter the January transfer market to avoid an injury crisis at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are still missing a host of first-team players heading into Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at Norwich and were hit with the news that midfielder Francis Coquelin faces three months on the sidelines after injuring his knee in the defeat at West Brom last weekend.

Wenger said:

We are in a position where we want to do something.

If I find the right quality I will do something. (The injury to) Arteta is short term but Coquelin as I told you is much longer but the scans are positive because he does not need any surgery, but it will be 12 weeks.

Walcott goes through a few tests and steps but the first one was successful. He started running again on Tuesday morning and had no reaction. He has no big hurdle to get across today and hopefully he will be successful.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger


Arsenal boss promises to target Europa League glory

Arsene Wenger insists his Arsenal side would take the Europa League seriously if they drop out of the Champions League.

Wenger would go all out to win the Europa League. Credit: PA

The Gunners entertain Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night with their hopes of progressing from Group F hanging in the balance after three defeats from their opening four games.

Arsenal know they must win to keep any chance of getting out of the group stages alive, but even then anything other than a victory for Bayern Munich over Olympiacos in Germany would see Wenger's side eliminated.

They could finish third and drop into the Europa League, a competition which has been treated with disdain by a number of English clubs in the past but Wenger would follow in the footsteps of clubs on the continent.

He said:

We would take the competition seriously - but we are not out (of the Champions League) yet.

I believe that this problem is exaggerated a little bit in England because we play Wednesday and Saturday, so it is the same as Thursday and Sunday. I can't see the difference.

There are plenty of examples in Portugal and Spain where teams have taken it seriously and won the championship. Benfica are the example, Sevilla have done well.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger


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