Wenger defends Arsenal transfer record

Arsene Wenger has defended Arsenal’s conduct in the transfer market, Sky Sports has reported, with the manager insisting the critics of his approach to transfers are not speaking with the knowledge of the full facts of the matter.

Wenger has been criticised for moving slowly in his attempts to add to the Gunners squad this summer, with only Yaya Sanogo, a 20-year-old free transfer from Auxerre, arriving in north London. Arsenal have also made an offer for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye and were attacked by Magpies boss Alan Pardew for their timing, the offer coming the day before Newcastle’s first Premier League game of the season.

There is nothing to explain,” Wenger said. “First of all, you don’t know what we have done, you don’t know if we did bid and you have come to a conclusion without knowing everything that has happened.

It is quite amazing that all of the people don’t know and yet they always have opinions about things they don’t know. I won’t explain to you what happened. It is not down to me to explain to you everything I do. It is impossible.

Wenger went on to say that when there is news regarding a transfer to announce, it will be the club that announces it, and claimed hypocrisy from those who criticised him for not making moves in the window and also for moving for Cabaye when he did.

I would just like to reiterate to you that in the last 16 years we have been very successful with transfers,” Wenger said, adding: “If you look at the players who play [against Fenerbahce on Wednesday], they are top quality players, and you should never forget that.

Arsenal meet the Turkish giants in a Champions League qualification play-off, with the first-leg taking place in Istanbul. Fenerbahce’s participation in the tournament is in doubt, however, as they were found guilty of match-fixing by UEFA but appealed the decision, allowing Fener to continue in the competition until their appeal is heard.

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