Arsenal boss Wenger: Man Utd thrashing did not force me into market

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger denies their 8-2 thrashing at Manchester United forced him to buy in the final days of the summer market.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger denies their 8-2 thrashing at Manchester United forced him to buy in the final days of the summer market.

Wenger was active in the transfer market in the days after that defeat at Old Trafford, bringing in Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Ju Young Park before the deadline. But he insists that was not a reaction to one scoreline.

"No not really," he told Arsenal Player. "It was more linked to the fact that near the same date we knew Wilshere would have surgery, Diaby had not recovered, Vermaelen needed surgery and Gibbs was injured as well.

"We felt we could not go on like that, so it was more down to medical reasons than the result."

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