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Arsene Wenger upset by accusations

August 20, 2013
By ESPN staff

Arsene Wenger has hit out at suggestions that Arsenal have failed in the transfer market this summer.

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The Gunners have publicly missed out on Gonzalo Higuain, Luiz Gustavo and look unlikely to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool despite lodging a £40,000,001 bid which they believed would activate the striker’s release clause.

An offer for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been criticised by Alan Pardew who claimed it played a factor in the club’s defeat to Manchester City on Monday evening, but Wenger has defended his attempts to add to his squad and the way in which Arsenal have gone about their business.

"I live in a public job where there are opinions of everybody. I do with full commitment what I believe is important for the club and the team and prepare for the next game.

"There is nothing to explain [about Cabaye]. First of all, you don't know what we have done, you don't know if we did bid and you have come to a conclusion without knowing everything that has happened.

"It is quite amazing that all of the people don't know and yet they always have opinions about things they don't know.

"I won't explain to you what happened. It is not down to me to explain to you everything I do. It is impossible.

"If we do a transfer we will announce it. We always inform you. As for the rest, you have to leave us to do our own things."

Wenger added: "We don't want to hurt anybody, not Newcastle, not anybody.

"You can't reproach us on one side for not buying and yet on the other side when we try to buy to reproach us as well. That is a bit contradictory.

"I would just like to reiterate to you that in the last 16 years we have been very successful with transfers -- if you look at the players who play tomorrow, they are top quality players, and you should never forget that."

Wenger also spoke of his dislike of the transfer window continuing once the competitive season has started, saying that it detracts from the importance of games early in the campaign.

He said: "I repeated many, many times that the transfer window should be over before the season starts because it is destabilising a little bit once the season has started -- to be there talking about what is not really important in football.''

Despite a demoralising defeat against Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League, Wenger is confident of his player’s reacting positively when they take on Fenerbahce in the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on Wednesday night.

"Everywhere we go we try to win the game and that is the attitude we have," he said. "Again, tomorrow, we will try to play our game as we do everywhere.

"We have been everywhere in Europe in all the big stages and seen heated atmospheres, but we always try to play."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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