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Gunners chief wants his side seasoned with some battle-hardened types.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has acknowledged that he is looking for experienced players as he begins the serious business of summer recruitment.

Wenger is believed to have money to spend this summer after the Gunners paid off a loan relating to their property development at Highbury.

The sales of Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor have also freed up some funds and Wenger has been reported as having around £35 million at his disposal.

"If we bring some players in then they have to be experienced," the Frenchman said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

"I think we have been in the race this year with the team we had. We will be stronger next year just with the internal improvement and with the experience these players will have.

"The additions will be minimal but if there are some they have to be really top class."

Marouane Chamakh is expected to be the first major arrival of the summer, signing from Bordeaux on a free transfer after his contract in France expires.

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