Arsène Wenger says it was important to "renew" his Arsenal squad during the summer.

The Frenchman oversaw a total of 30 deals between June 1 and August 31 with nine players joining the Club, 11 leaving and another ten heading out on season-long loans.

Wenger would rather have held onto a couple of the players he let go but the manager believes that Arsenal will be stronger after bringing in a number of new faces.

“It was all change in the summer and some of that was for unwanted reasons,” Wenger told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

"We lost some players that we didn’t want to lose, also we had some players that hadn’t played for a while, so we thought it was important to renew the whole squad, and that’s what we did.

"It was a challenge, and believe me it demanded massive work – day and night. But overall I’m confident. I believe there was some anxiety around the Club and the team, but I always felt in our situation that a lot would happen in the last 48 hours, because I’ve experienced that before. And that’s what did happen.

"So let’s show that we have made the right decisions – I’m confident that we have – but only the results will tell."

Some reports have claimed that Arsenal waited until Champions League qualification was secured before spending big in August. Wenger denies this.

"A lot of it was planned beforehand, it just took a lot longer than expected," he explained. "It was nothing to do with the Champions League, because we would still have wanted to go for the league even if we weren’t in the Champions League.

"If we were in the Europa League, we would still have wanted a strong squad. We are not the only ones who decide how long it takes to complete a transfer."

The new issue of the Official Arsenal Magazine is out on Friday, October 23 and includes exclusive interviews with Robin van Persie and Arsène Wenger plus all the regular favourites - Ian Stone, Terry Neill and Benik Afobe - and a competition to win a signed collage of all of Van Persie's 100 Gunners Goals.

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12 Oct 2011