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Wenger tips clubs to spend £1bn as duo have medical

By Staff Reporter

Arsene Wenger is set to take Arsenal's summer spending close to £100m and he believes every Premier League club remain open for business.

Defender Shkodran Mustafi and forward Lucas Perez arrived in London for medicals yesterday as the Gunners look to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes next week.

Wenger has endured a tough summer, with the early signing of midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach only complemented by Rob Holding's arrival from Bolton.

Wenger joked that he is "scared" of the total sum that Arsenal seem certain to spend and predicts the Premier League clubs will easily top £1billion in summer transfer spending.

"I always told you it's not a question of numbers. It's, 'do you have the money to spend it?'," he said. "That is the first question. And after, 'do you make sure that you spend it well?'

"And I think I told you the transfer is linked of course with talent, the expected strength, but as well with resale.

"When you buy a player of 24 you can always get your money back."

Meanwhile, former Arsenal, Barcelona and France striker Thierry Henry has been named as assistant manager of Belgium.

He joins the coaching team of Roberto Martinez, who replaced Marc Wilmots at the start of August.

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