Arsene Wenger stands by Arsenal’s lack of transfer activity while questioning Man United’s deadline day move

Arsene Wenger has hit back at the criticism he received after Arsenal did no business on transfer deadline day, according to the Metro.

The Gunners were the only side in any of Europe’s top five leagues not to add an outfield player this summer, but the Frenchman has stood by his decision to not bring in anyone after the acquisition of Petr Cech (via Metro).

“You have to invest when you find the players. The problem at the moment is to find the players that guarantee that you are absolutely a better team after,” he said.

Wenger also suggested that their Premier League rivals Manchester United made the kind of impulse buy that the north London side were trying to avoid.

“What happened last night, for example, with Martial from Monaco. Monaco sold Martial to Man Untied last night for €80million euros I heard. Martial scored 11 goals in the French championship, that sums it up all well,” he added.

While the signing of Martial is certainly a risk, his arrival at Old Trafford may have hugely frustrated Arsenal fans that would have been hoping that Wenger would take a similar gamble. And it appears that he had the opportunity to do so.

The Daily Mirror reported that Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Edinson Cavani because Paris Saint-Germain suggested that they would need to pay £50m for his signature, which the Emirates outfit were not willing to do considering he is 28, and will probably therefore not have a particularly high resale value.

However, after over a decade without the league crown, Gunners fans would argue that they are owed the marquee forward they are craving, and are unlikely to find a comfort in Wenger’s reasons for not doing more.

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