Arsene Wenger won't panic in the transfer window after West Ham defeat

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Arsene Wenger insists he won't be forced into panic-buying in the transfer market following Arsenal's surprise 2-0 defeat against West Ham today.

The Gunners have been tipped for a title challenge this season but were bought down to earth with a bump after goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate helped then Hammers earn all three points at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger's side currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League table after today's defeat, however the French boss refuses to be drawn into the transfer market unnecessarily after one defeat.


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So far the Gunners have only made one signing in Petr Cech - and the 33-year-old struggled badly on his debut against West Ham having been blamed for the opener as well as being partially at fault for Zarate's strike in the second half.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been linked with a move to north London in recent weeks and Wenger insisted that he will only move in the window if a player of sufficient quality becomes available.

"I can only repeat what I've said: if an exceptional solution turns up, we will do it," he told reporters. "We bought and still lost the game today.

"We listen to people but we have to focus on the quality of our performance. Today we have been hurt mentally and it is a good opportunity to respond."


Wenger has changed tact in recent seasons in his approach to the transfer window having bought in the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

However he believes the problem for his team today wasn't a lack of quality, but problems with fitness coming off the back of pre-season training, "We were not convincing offensively or defensively," he explained. "I knew it it could be a tricky game, if you can't win the game, make sure you don't lose it.

"We know fitness wise, West Ham were ahead of us, they had already played competitive games. You never get the same intensity. Well done West Ham. We will respond to that accident.

"You are never surprised in the Premier League. It is better if we don't talk too much and continue to work hard.

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