Cape Town - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is willing to spend "big money", but only if he can find a player he really wants to bring to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have only made one high-profile signing in the ongoing transfer window, which saw them bring in Granit Xhaka from VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach for approximately £30 million. They have also signed Japanese striker Takuma Asano and defender Rob Holding.
Wenger, though, is still on the lookout for a top quality striker even though Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis recently told ESPN FC that the transfer window should not be viewed as the key to the Gunners enjoying a lot of success next season.
"I am sure my chief executive didn't want to dampen the expectations on that front," Wenger told reporters. "We are very active, and if we find the right candidates we will spend big money. We have already spent big."
Arsenal are currently linked with a number of big-name strikers, including Gonzalo Higuain, Alexandre Lacazette and Mauro Icardi, but Wenger refused to say which player he was most interested in.
What Wenger did confirm, though, was the fact that Arsenal could sign players as late as August.
"It's not over. Today we are in July, and the transfer market finishes on the 31st of August," he said. "We know as well that a lot happens many times in the last week. It's a long time to go, but we are active. We are working."