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Arsene Wenger is so determined to land Arsenal’s priority targets this summer he won’t go to bed without his phone.
The Frenchman is planning to make three big new signings during the window as he looks to return the Gunners to the top four following a disappointing most recent campaign.
Having completed a deal for Sead Kolasinac yesterday the club are being linked with Alexandre Lacazette, Kylian Mbappe and Riyad Mahrez among others.
In recent years the Gunners have made a habit of failing to land their targets, with Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Jamie Vardy notably not becoming Arsenal players despite intense interest.
Wenger is determined to make sure he gets what he wants this summer.
‘Between now and the [pre-season] tour we will work every day to get the best possible environment around the team and to strengthen the team,’ Wenger told the official website of the club’s summer tour.
‘That’s basically a lot of dark, invisible work. But that is demanded and that means never leave your seat without your phone, never go to bed without your phone, because anything can happen.
‘We will basically be on alert 24 hours a day.’
Wenger on his summer transfer plans
‘I would say maximum three [big signings].
‘Look, we have to be clear about what we understand as a big signing. Is Rob Holding a big signing or not?
‘A big signing is not necessarily linked with the amount of money spent. For example: a player you buy for £2m and a player you buy for £40m.
‘When you buy a player for £40m, everybody will have at the start a positive judgement. When you buy him for £2m, people say he cannot be good.
‘So the quality is most of the time linked with the amount of money, especially when the player is over 20, but sometimes it’s not necessarily always linked only with the money.’
Wenger was recently pictured in Monaco with chief executive Ivan Gazidis, sparking speculation that their motive for being there could be transfer related.