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Arsene Wenger is ready to splash cash as Koeman downplays Hart rumours

Arsene Wenger has assured Arsenal supporters he is prepared to spend after the Emirates crowd made their feelings known during the opening day defeat by Liverpool.

The Frenchman has made just three signings this summer, headlined by the £30m acquisition of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach, but he has missed out on various targets, including Jamie Vardy and Gonzalo Higuain.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's clash against champions Leicester City, Wenger said: "I can reassure people we're ready to spend. It is dangerous. English clubs suffocate themselves by buying players at a high price with high wages, if it goes wrong you are left with high wages."

When asked about the protracted deal to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, Wenger added: "I believe it is better I don't talk about any individual player."

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was coy over the Toffees' interest in Joe Hart - but stressed the club "need three goalkeepers".

Hart has been left on the bench for Manchester City's two games so far this season.

Koeman said: "Today it is Joe Hart, tomorrow it will be someone else. I prefer not to talk about players still in contract. We always look at players to have a stronger squad than we have."

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