By Richard Clarke

Manchester United's interest in Carlos Tevez put off Arsène Wenger from trying to sign the Argentinean striker.
 
The 23-year-old was crucial in West Ham's successful fight against relegation last season but it soon became apparent he would leave Upton Park in the summer.
 
Arsenal were reportedly in the hunt for a while but it soon became clear Tevez would be going to Old Trafford.
 
"When I saw Manchester United on the case, I thought no," said Wenger at Friday's press conference. "If they had not been on the case, yes.
 
"I would have analysed it and looked at how would it go. But it looked as if they were on the case early.
 
"However I knew I had Van Persie and Adebayor to play at the start. I wanted to give them confidence. Then I had Bendtner behind and I wanted to give him confidence. [In the end] I looked for a player like Eduardo, who can play left wing, right or central."

Copyright 2014 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 Richard Clarke 2 Nov 2007