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Arsene Wenger reveals summer transfer plans but rules out squad overhaul

PUBLISHED: 07:35 16 April 2016

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Miek Egerton/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Miek Egerton/PA Wire)

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will not make major changes to his squad this summer.

Wenger’s side are currently third in the Premier League, 13 points behind leaders Leicester although the Gunners do have a game in hand.

With just six fixtures remaining in this campaign Arsenal’s chances of winning the title look slim, meaning Wenger’s drought will extend to 12 years.

The Frenchman was criticised for failing to sign an outfield player last summer, with Petr Cech the club’s only addition, and speculation has already started suggesting that Arsenal will be more active when the transfer window reopens as Wenger looks to build a title-winning side.

Ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Sunday Wenger was asked whether he would consider overhauling his squad this summer after another disappointing campaign.

“No, because if you look at the top three they have not changed their teams a lot,” Wenger replied.

“We have to strengthen our squad but despite the money the English clubs have it is not obvious to find the players to do that. We will work very hard to do that and we are already working but we have to find the players and it’s not easy.

“You cannot the dismiss the players – Iwobi is 19, Elneny 23, Coquelin 24 – they will get stronger. We need to keep a core of players and strengthen where we can.

“The team is going the right way, it is difficult to accept that we are not right there but Leicester have lost three games until now, two against us. It is exceptional. Barcelona have lost four, Real Madrid five and Leicester three”

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