Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished claims that the imminent signings of Deportivo La Coruna’s Perez and Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia are panic buys.
The Gunners are expected to pay in the region of £52m for the duo who are expected to be unveiled at the Emirates in the coming days after they both passed their medicals.
However, despite the Frenchman’s reluctance to spend big in the past, and considering the timing of the purchases, he insists he does not panic buy.
“Look at my face, is it the face of somebody who does a panic buy?” Wenger asked. “No. I try to make the decision.
“I have to make the right decision, knowing that it is not easy. What we spoke about many times, you are not the only one who decides about the timing.
“My job is to resist stress and pressure, while keeping my head in the blue, just what is right. Focus in life is on one thing.
“You want to go from A to B, how far can you maintain that focus, and make the right decisions? Unfortunately, we all make mistakes.”
On whether it worries him to spend huge fees in the transfer window, Wenger said: “No. I always told you it’s not a question of numbers. It’s do you have the money to spend it? That is the first [question].
“And after, do you make sure that you spend it well? And I think when 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. I believe we bought [Granit] Xhaka, if we get another player in who is around his age, it is an interesting age for the future as well for the club.”
Arsenal will play Watford this afternoon in a premier league fixture as they continue search for their first win of the season.