Arsenal transfers: Arsene Wenger discusses plans after West Ham loss

Arsene Wenger says he will not be forced into panic buying after Arsenal's 2-0 loss to West Ham

Arsene Wenger insisted that he will not be forced into panic-buying after Arsenal’s shock 2-0 defeat by West Ham United in their Premier League opener on Sunday.

Summer signing Petr Cech misjudged Dimitri Payet’s free-kick to allow Cheikhou Kouyate to head home in the 43rd minute.

And Mauro Zarate caught Cech out again as he finished from 20 yards in the 57th minute after Arsenal failed to clear their lines, as the Gunners slumped to a surprise loss in their top-flight opener.

If an exceptional solution turns up, we’ll do it

Arsene Wenger

Wenger was inevitably questioned about his remaining plans for the summer transfer window after Sunday’s loss in north London.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a summer transfer bid to sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid in recent days.

However, the Frenchman once again insisted that he would only be tempted into getting his chequebook out if an “exceptional” player were to become available.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Wenger said: “I would like to think that we are responsible to buy the players and the coaches, not the media.

“When you’re a pro footballer, you have to face your responsibilities and not always look at something else.

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“Today we have to look at ourselves and think we were not good enough and not to think that these kinds of things are solutions for us. We were not good enough, we were not convincing. And that’s basically it. West Ham played well. Congratulations to them and hopefully we can bounce back quickly.

“Again, I can only repeat what I already said. If an exceptional solution turns up, we’ll do it. But after a defeat like that, it’s important not always to think we take a solution from outside.”

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