By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger will not reveal the name of the player he tried to sign just before the transfer window closed.

In an exclusive TV Online interview, the Arsenal manager confirmed he was working hard throughout Monday to bring in a new player before the deadline expired.

At Friday’s press conference, he was quizzed further on the topic but remained steadfast.

“We did [try to sign someone], yes,” he said. “I do not like to lie and I do not like to put any player in a difficult position at the club where he is at the moment, so I’ll say nothing about it."

When asked if it was a striker he replied: “I leave you the freedom to guess.”

The news came as a surprise given that, in the build up to the window closing, he had suggested he would not be making any acquisition. On Friday he outlined the practical issues of bringing in someone new.

“In England, it seems all the problems are sorted out by buying players,” he said. “But I do not believe that.

“If you look really well at the European market during January this year, very little happened. There was no big transfer.

“That means it is impossible to find players who are available, walk in off the street and can play at the top level.

“I said we have too many players when they are all back but that has never been the case this year.

“Everyone advises you to buy but, at the end of the month, you have to pay the wages and across Europe at the moment you can buy 50 clubs if you have enough money because they have financial problems.

“We manage as well the Club within our financial resources and when you listen to people you always have to buy five or six players. But at the end of the day you have to pay them.”

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5 Feb 2010