By Amir Mir

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects a “poker game” from his opponents in the transfer market as he looks to add a defensive and attacking player to his squad before the window shuts.

Reports in the media on Saturday morning claimed that Arsenal have missed out on Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuaín, who is heading to Italian giants Juventus for £79million.

It was also reported that the club will make an imminent move for £42million-rated Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Frenchman believes it will be a tough procedure to land his targets, but is adamant as to what type of player’s he is looking for as the new Premier League season draws closer.

“We look still for an offensive position and defensive position,” Wenger told the Arsenal website. “We are very active on the transfer market but it’s a long time to go. Everybody has a handbrake on at the moment.

“It’s a little bit of a poker game until mid-August in my opinion. So we might have to be good at poker. We are very active, and if we find the right candidates we will spend big money.”

Wenger will enter his 20th year as Arsenal manager in October but the three time Premier League winner has been heavily criticised for his lack of silverware and transfer dealings since moving to the Emirates in 2006.

The Gunners have not won the Premier League trophy in 12 years, but have triumphed in the FA Cup on two occasions over the last three seasons.

Wenger has already added defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka to his squad after the Switzerland international made a £30 million switch from German side Borussia Monchengladbach  earlier on in the summer.

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