By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger insists Arsenal’s activity at the end of the transfer window was not a reaction to the heavy defeat against Manchester United.

The Arsenal manager has added five new players, four permanent and one temporary, to his squad since the game at Old Trafford but has refuted suggestions that he made any knee-jerk decisions.

Wenger also confirmed at his pre-match media briefing that the Club was not close to signing anyone else on what was the busiest deadline day in recent memory.

“Some of the transfers were linked with players going out like Santos and Park because I knew Bendtner and Traore would go out,” he said.

“Some of the other players were linked with the fact we have Wilshere out for a long time like Diaby. I knew as well that Vermaelen would have surgery the week before Manchester United so we needed to buy a centre-back.

“The midfield was a bit short because we now go into a time where we have the Champions League and the Carling Cup and we need a big squad.

“We were not close to signing anybody else. We had other targets but I was never close. Five transfers in the last four days, I must tell you we were busy enough!”

New boys Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun are in contention to make their debuts against Swansea this weekend.

Brazilian defender Andre Santos lacks match fitness while Ju Young Park has yet to train with his new team-mates and may miss the game at Emirates Stadium.

“They are all good players and what we want to achieve, of course, is to make a good team with the players who came in.

“Their quality is not questionable. We have a good opportunity now to show that in the coming games.”

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9 Sep 2011