"I was offered Adriano on loan and I said no," he said. "We do not need him and it was an easy decision to make because we're not out there to sign another striker.
"The agreement was for a loan. Adriano has qualities we don't need. They wanted to give us a player but wanted one back in return.
"I won't say who it was. I didn't want to lose the player they requested. I didn't necessarily think Adriano would upset the balance of the squad.
"I still have Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby can play through the middle. Why should I bring more forwards in?
"I have big faith in my squad and they've proved me right so far this season."