Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his philosophy of talent nurturing rather than poaching them but he stated he is never against buying players.

The Frenchman, who has been strongly linked with the signing of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema this summer, was speaking ahead of the Gunners Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool on Monday night.

Wenger told journalists that he can always buy when a player who can be a ‘plus’ to his team is available for sale, but outside that he is ‘focused on developing’ his players.

“I’m always more focused on developing the team, the players we have and getting everyone on board that we have at the club,” Wenger, who has been at Arsenal for 18 years told the London Evening Standard.

“We want to develop players as well rather than overthinking whether to buy.

“I’m not against buying when it is a plus for your team. If it’s just to buy a player at the level of the players that you have to make people happy, I’m not ready for that.

“If it’s somebody who brings something that you don’t already have in the squad, then of course you want to do that.”


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