Transfer news: Arsene Wenger can't name spectacular Arsenal signing but says they are working on strengthening the squad

Gunners boss didn't confirm anything on Gonzalo Higuain transfer nor any bid for Luis Suarez despite speculation he will move for both strikers

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Arsene Wenger has urged fans to be patient as the club seek to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season.

The Gunners have so far signed 21-year-old Frenchman Yaya Sanogo, with a transfer for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain starting to drag on with a deal yet to be agreed.

Fans are beginning to worry that the deal may be about to fall through, especially following the news this morning that Wenger is likely to make another bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

It has been made no secret of Arsenal’s significant spending power this summer, and although a deal could still go through for Higuain, it has been reported that Wenger will make a £35m offer for Suarez in the not too distant future.

Wenger wanted to reassure fans that work is being done behind the scenes, but admitted that he doesn’t have any news to tell them just yet.

“You want me to announce a spectacular signing but I can't,” he admitted, speaking in Vietnam on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Asia.

“We are working behind the scenes to strengthen the squad, but I can’t give you names.”

Wenger has also been linked with moves for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, and he has recognised that this season Premier League could be Arsenal’s best chance to win the league since their phenomenal “Invincibles” season in 2003/04.

“The next Premier League season will be interesting,” he continued. “Many teams can win the title.

“Chelsea will have a good team, the fact Sir Alex Ferguson has retired brings some uncertainty to Manchester United - but Moyes is there and I'm sure they will be candidates to win the PL.”

Attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain echoed his manager’s comments that United may be different to the juggernaut that they became under Ferguson.

“I don't know what the managerial change will bring for United,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“It doesn't change the way we approach things. Sir Alex Ferguson was an amazing manager for so many, but at some point he had to retire - he couldn't have stayed in the game all of his life. 

“So, in that sense it does bring a certain amount of uncertainty, but that's only for fans and football followers - but not for me or my team mates.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain was part of the side that beat an Indonesian Dream Team 7-0 in their first pre-season match on Sunday.