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."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 3 Feb 2011