Arsene Wenger believes the clamour for him to make big-name signings this summer has camouflaged the quality he already has in his squad, with Aaron Ramsey earning special praise from the Arsenal boss.
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Ramsey has been criticised by some of the Arsenal faithful in recent years, but Wenger believes he is proving his doubters wrong this season after catching the eye since returning to pre-season training and in the wins against Fenerbahce and Fulham in recent days.
“People had major doubts, but I think he deserves huge credit for having moved forward the way he did. We deserve some as well because we continued to develop him and believe in him and all the players we have here. We have good quality at this club, do not forget that.
“During the transfer period, people are so much focused on who is coming in that they forget how good our players are.
“Somebody told me there was an interesting article somewhere in a newspaper. Apparently it said: ‘We don't bring players in, but at the other hand, the English players don't get the chance to play in the Premier League.’
“If you look at our team today, you had [Carl] Jenkinson who gets a chance, you get Walcott who has started with us, you have Ramsey, you have [Jack] Wilshere, you have [Kieran] Gibbs - all [British] players who get a chance with us. You should give us some credit for that sometimes.”
Wenger went on to confirm that he did not expect to make a major signing before Tuesday night’s game against Fenerbahce.
“We will be a bit less under media pressure maybe (to make signings), but that will not change exactly. I know exactly what I want to do and that will not change,” he added.