Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended his unwillingness to spend big money on players and pointed to Rob Holding as a bargain buy.

Due to defensive injuries, Holding started in Arsenal's 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool last weekend, while he also lined up in the heart of defence this evening against Leicester City, a game that ended 0-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Holding was snapped up from Bolton Wanderers in July, with Arsenal paying a fee in the region of £2m to sign the 20-year-old England Under-21 international.

Wenger feels Holding was excellent against Leicester and that should be the focus of the questions directed at him, not transfers.

He told his post-match press conference: "It's not just about spending the money. We are ready to spend the money, but we have to find players who will improve our team.


"Nobody speaks about the performance of Rob Holding today – he is English, he is 20 years old, you should be happy", Wenger continued.

"But I am sorry he didn't cost £55m.

"We don't speak about the performances anymore and I think that is not right."

Arsenal have only splashed big money on one player this summer, bringing in Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach.