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Wenger signals Arsenal's intentions to spend big ahead of title challenge

Wenger signals Arsenal's intentions to spend big ahead of title challenge

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The Gunners boss stressed the importance of finishing well against Newcastle before they delve into any transfer activity, hoping that managerial switches could give them a push

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has outlined his intentions to "do well" in the transfer market and challenge for the Premier League title next season ahead of Sunday's crucial game against Newcastle.

The Gunners would qualify for the Champions League if they beat the Magpies after consigning Wigan to defeat with a 4-1 win on Tuesday - a win that gave them the upper hand against close rivals Tottenham in the hunt for the top four.

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Wenger emphasised the importance of finishing well before delving into any transfer activity, while he also criticised the transfer debacles surrounding Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in the previous summers.

"Let's finish well and then we'll give ourselves a good ­potential chance to win the championship next season by doing well in the ­transfer market," the Arsenal boss told reporters.

"Last summer and the year before were very ­difficult; last year we had the Robin van Persie case and before that it was Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. We started pre-season, on camps, with every time a player being half-in or half-out and that is not the best way mentally to prepare."

Wenger also spoke of the managerial switches between other Premier League clubs, suggesting that the arrival of new bosses could provide Gunners with the impetus to launch a challenge.

"You can have a little ­advantage on some teams. If [Jose] Mourinho comes back it will not be a totally new experience but, yes, if [Manuel] ­Pellegrini comes it can be difficult in a new country," he continued. "It's very difficult to ­predict how it will work."

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