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Wenger reflects on Arsenal’s January transfer dealings

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
8:29 PM

Arsene Wenger has insisted he was happy with Arsenal’s dealings in the January transfer window and highlighted the importance of tying current players to new contracts.

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The Gunners’ only purchase last month was Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal from Malaga, leaving many of the club’s supporters disappointed that other areas of the squad were not strengthened.

But Arsenal also tied Theo Walcott to a new deal in January after months of speculation, having previously handed new contracts to Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson.

Wenger admits the January window was a testing period for the club but insists the club “dealt with the situation in a satisfactory way”.

He told the March edition of Arsenal’s official magazine: “We had a difficult first six months of the season, because we were trying to extend the contracts of all the British players.

“That demanded a lot of work and then we had to deal with the [Theo] Walcott situation as well during January.

“So personally I am relieved because we dealt with the situation and we extended all of our players [contracts], kept Walcott and bought Monreal.

“Of course you can always do better but overall I feel the club has dealt with the situation we faced in a satisfactory way.”

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Arsenal

Nickname: The Gunners.

Ground: Emirates Stadium (capacity 60,361).

Founded: 1886.

Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004.

FA Cup: 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005.

League Cup: 1987, 1993.

Fairs Cup: 1970.

Cup Winners’ Cup: 1994.

Leading goalscorer: Thierry Henry, 228.

Leading appearances: David O’Leary, 722.