By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger would not have paid £35million for Andy Carroll - because he would not spend that much on any player.

The England international was one of many big-money moves on a record-breaking transfer deadline day: Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool to help £23million fellow new boy Luis Suarez replace Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea in a British record £50million deal.

Chelsea added a £25million centre back - David Luiz from Benfica - for good measure and Wenger admitted that he would not have considered such expensive signings.

"If you look at our transfer record, we have never spent more than £15m - that gives you the answer," he said.

"We are in the market always because if a good opportunity comes up we will always take it, but we are not in a desperate situation."

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3 Feb 2011