Arsene Wenger admits he is fearful that Premier League rivals Manchester United will splash the cash on his potential targets this summer.
United, who have already announced the addition of PSV winger Memphis Depay for a fee of €27.5 million ahead of next season, spent heavily at the same stage last year, bringing in Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind for a combined fee of close to €200m.
And Wenger believes Louis van Gaal’s side will adopt a similarly big-spending approach this time around.
Arsenal will travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Sunday, with the Gunners two points ahead of the Red Devils in third place.
Van Gaal endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford but has now all but secured United’s return to the Champions League, and Wenger believes the Dutchman will help the club attract big names in the coming months.
A win for the Gunners on Sunday will secure a top-three finish, therefore seeing them avoid the Champions League playoffs in August, and Wenger admits he is keen to seal an automatic spot.