Arsenal transfers: Arsene Wenger explains decision not to strengthen

Arsene Wenger says he was "not convinced" by the options he had to bolster his Arsenal squad during the summer transfer window

Arsene Wenger says he opted not to further strengthen his Arsenal squad towards the end of the summer transfer window because he felt that there was nobody worth buying.

The Gunners were linked with a host of players as the clock ticked down on the transfer window last week, but the Frenchman chose not to bring in any reinforcements to leave Arsenal as the only top side in Europe not to sign an outfield player during the summer.

The north London side were linked with big-money swoops for the likes of Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani during the off-season.

However, Wenger insists that the potential targets that became available towards the end of the summer transfer window were “not convincing at all”.

Speaking at a news conference at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Thursday morning, Wenger said: “In the end the solutions were not what we wanted.

“We looked but you have to find an efficient solution. Look at what happened on the transfer market and it tells you there is a shortage out there.

“The solutions we had were not convincing at all. The good news about the window shutting is that we can now focus on the football.”

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Arsenal return to Premier League action when they host Stoke City at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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