Wenger hails summer of change

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club have benefited from the wholesale changes made to the playing squad during the summer.

Nine players joined the club during the during the transfer window, with 11 leaving permanently and a further 10 being sent out on loan.

While the French boss concedes all the dealings weren't to his satisfaction, he feels the club have come out of the summer in good shape.

“It was all change in the summer and some of that was for unwanted reasons,” Wenger said.

"We lost some players that we didn’t want to lose, also we had some players that hadn’t played for a while, so we thought it was important to renew the whole squad, and that’s what we did.


"It was a challenge, and believe me it demanded massive work – day and night. But overall I’m confident. I believe there was some anxiety around the Club and the team, but I always felt in our situation that a lot would happen in the last 48 hours, because I’ve experienced that before. And that’s what did happen.

"So let’s show that we have made the right decisions – I’m confident that we have – but only the results will tell."

Arsenal left most of their dealings until the back end of the transfer window, leading to rumours the club were waiting until after they had assured Champions League qualification to start investing in the squad, but Wenger has refuted suggestions the club wanted to wait until the last minute.

"A lot of it was planned beforehand, it just took a lot longer than expected," he added. "It was nothing to do with the Champions League, because we would still have wanted to go for the league even if we weren’t in the Champions League.

"If we were in the Europa League, we would still have wanted a strong squad. We are not the only ones who decide how long it takes to complete a transfer."

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