Arsène Wenger insists the transfer market is a different animal to what it was a few seasons ago.

The Arsenal manager made a clutch of last-minute signings at the end of the 2011 summer transfer window following a series of departures, injuries and suspensions.

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 Wenger remains in the market for new additions this summer but does not anticipate a similar scenario this time around.

“The situation is completely different, because a couple of seasons ago we lost two or three players in one game and we had no other option than to buy,” the manager said.

“The transfer market is a worry nowadays and it has always been basically. With every transfer market you could write a book, and a very interesting one. So it is a worry, I don't deny that.

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“It is maybe more difficult nowadays because there are more quality spenders on the market, especially in France. They have come on the market as well and bought at a very high level, so it is difficult."

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Rob Kelly 16 Aug 2013