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Spend, Arsene told


LONDON — Arsene Wenger is under pressure from the board to start spending at Arsenal.

Some Emirates chiefs are baffled £11 million star Gervinho is the only major arrival, even though the start of the Premier League season is just three weeks away.

Wenger has focused on attempting to keep both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas. And he wants to tie up Robin van Persie to a new deal. He is also considering offering new terms to other emerging players at the club.

Yet despite being given a large amount to spend, Wenger has failed to lure anyone else other than Charlton’s £1m defender Carl Jenkinson.

Wenger is being urged to close out some of his deals with shareholders and fans becoming increasingly concerned and frustrated with the lack of transfer activity.

Thousands of supporters are turning down the chance to take a season ticket for the coming campaign, as exclusively revealed in SunSport on Tuesday.

The Gunners boss accepts he urgently needs at least one centre-back but has not pounced in the market.

Wenger failed to land Blackburn’s Phil Jones, who joined Manchester United, while Arsenal had a £10m bid for Everton’s Phil Jagielka laughed off.

The Frenchman has made only enquiries for Blackburn’s Chris Samba and Bolton’s Gary Cahill. Arsenal also face a fight to sign Anderlecht ace Romelu Lukaku.

Wenger has already made a £14m offer for the 18-year-old striker while Manchester City and Chelsea are also involved a bidding war.

And Fabregas looks certain to leave with a Barcelona delegation set to head to London today for talks before offering £35m.

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