Wenger refuses to discuss Benzema and Di Maria interest

The Arsenal manager insists that he is "confident" of signing the right players, particularly after taking a clear advantage in their Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is "confident" of making signings before the transfer window closes but would not discuss the possibility of bringing in Karim Benzema or Angel Di Maria.

Goal understands that the Gunners boss has turned his attention to the Real Madrid pair and is willing to pay £35 million for the France international striker.

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When asked about the Liga duo, Wenger told reporters: "I don't want to speak about names, you [the media] do that very well."

Though business has been slow over the summer, with only Yaya Sanogo joining the Gunners to date, the Frenchman believes that his side's decisive advantage in their Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce will help to persuade the right players to join his team.

"I'm confident," Wenger replied when asked if he would secure the signings that he needed. "We have some funds available.

"Every player's first question is: 'Do you play in the Champions League or not?' That is the first requirement."

Arsenal have also bid £10m for Yohan Cabaye since their 3-1 opening-day Premier League loss to Aston Villa, though Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says that the north Londoners will have to make a much better offer.