By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger has defended the business he did in the wake of last year’s defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Arsenal manager signed Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Yossi Benayoun, Andre Santos and Ju Young Park before the close of the transfer window in the days following that 8-2 loss.

Some suggested those additions were made as a direct result of the Gunners’ heavy defeat, but Wenger insists he did not buy in haste.

“That’s what people said, but if you look at who we bought we got Mertesacker,” the manager said. “We were criticised a lot for that, but today who would still criticise us for that?

“We bought Arteta, who was a very important player [last season] and still is a very important player for the team.

“We brought in Benayoun, who was very influential at the end of the season for us. We bought Santos and Park. So overall, we have not done badly.

“We bought five players in two days. Park didn’t work, didn’t get his chance, but he’s doing very well at Celta Vigo.”

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2 Nov 2012