"I still am optimistic and I hope I will not disappoint you," said Wenger, who believes the transfer window should close before the season starts, but recognises Arsenal's need to augment the squad.
"We have not a fixed number (of signings in mind). I just think we are a bit short at the moment.
"I'm guided by my conscience to do as well as I can for this club and by the vision of the game I want to play.
"I feel with the players I have I can play the football we want to play.
"I'm a great admirer of the spirit, the attitude of these players.
"They are special and if I want to add something it has to be special."
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