Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has promised that he will be looking to bring a number of new faces to the club following the recent criticism of his transfer policy.
Despite having money to spend this summer, the Frenchman has recruited just one player so far in the current window, with youngster Yaya Sanogo joining from Auxerre.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of other big names but Wenger’s unwillingness to pay out the big bucks has once again seen him miss out on the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gustavo.
Saturday’s season opening 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa, the football betting shock of the day, saw the manager come under even more pressure but his cause was helped by Wednesday's magnificent 3-0 win away at Fenerbahce, a result that means they are now almost guaranteed their place in the group stages of the Champions League.
After the match Wenger was in bullish mood and promised the fans that he would be spending money before the close of the transfer window. Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria already being mentioned as possible targets while punters who bet on premier league transfers feel Wenger could plunder some divisional rivals for new players too.
The 63-year-old has made a habit of doing his business late in the day and is now ready to splash the cash in order to help his team once again challenge for a place in the top four.
“You have to understand there is still a long way to go," added Wenger. "The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and September 2.
"From August 21 until September 2 you have 12 days, so a lot will happen. It starts now.
"It is like a poker game. People hold their cards as long as possible and see what is happening out there. In the end, they go for decisions," he added.