Wenger on future transfers

“Quantity-wise we will not do a lot. Quality-wise certainly, and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course. The number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we have not had Jack Wilshere or Abou Diaby for the whole season.”

“These players will be back and that means number and quality wise we are strong because we are now in the position we are in without these players. Last year was terrible for us because we finished on the 31st August at 11.55pm and we do not want to repeat that.”

On Podolski’s rumours: “Nothing is done. No, he has not had a medical. I don’t master the timing because that does not just rely on us. It could happen soon, it could happen later, I don’t know. It is always a concern. The speed in which you do things is important, but at the end of the day it is always the player who makes the decision. It is about how much they want to join you.”

On Premiership position: “Third is better than fourth, but if you have no choice, you take fourth and the opportunity. Let’s see how it goes now. I believe Newcastle are still in the fight, as are Tottenham and Chelsea. Liverpool are maybe too far off, but you never know.”