Redknapp: Wenger has contradicted his principles

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Jamie Redknapp believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has gambled with his signings in the summer transfer window.

Speaking in his Daily Mail column, the former England midfielder ran the rule over the big summer signings in the Barclays Premier League, but paid special attention to the work of Arsene Wenger in the later stages of the window.

The Gunners chief made five moves in the space of three days to bring Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Park Chu-Young to the Emirates, and Redknapp believes the signings represent a significant risk from the Arsenal boss, who has gone against his normal principles in the market.

"Arsene Wenger doesn’t usually buy players with questionable injury records, but he has contradicted that principle with the signings of Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun," said Redknapp in the column.

"Both are fine players, but they have had injuries in recent years and haven’t yet rediscovered their best form.

"I have friends who are Everton fans and they weren’t distressed at Arteta’s exit. He was poor last season.

"If Arsenal get the Arteta of two years ago, he will be a great coup. But he has a lot to prove and so does Benayoun, who has been a fringe player at Liverpool and Chelsea."

Looking at the defender signings Arsenal made, Redknapp is in no doubt that Mertesacker could be a fine acquisition in north London, but his injury track record is yet another point of concern.

"Per Mertesacker is an interesting one too. He’s a big, powerful central defender who will give Arsenal some help with defending set-plays," he continued.


"I expected them to buy a holding midfielder to give their defence more protection. If Mertesacker plays as he did at the World Cup, he will be a good signing. But he too is returning after ankle surgery last season."

The five are likely to get their first opportunity to prove the doubters wrong this weekend, when Arsenal host Swansea City at the Emirates.

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