By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes the Club had to keep a cool head to secure the re-enforcements they needed this summer.

The Gunners boss worked tirelessly throughout the transfer window to secure the likes of Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun, Ju-Young Park and Mikel Arteta.

Wenger says that, in a pressure situation, the Club did well to secure their late acquisitions.

“I think we kept our head cool,” he said. “We had a lot of uncertainty about - it was the most disturbed pre-season we have had since I have been here because we had the uncertainties about the players going out.

“There were two big, massive cases - [Cesc] Fabregas and [Samir] Nasri - and then we had the problem of the injuries as well. We didn’t know for a long time if Nasri would go or not.

“Then we had the fact that we could only complete the transfers very late. It was only possible then, and it was unbelievable how it happened finally.

“Also we had this big cloud of Udinese in our heads and we knew that the season would be played on that. But it explains why we are where we are at the moment.”

Wenger admitted the late flurry of transfer activity was unlike his usual style, but conceded that the deals were necessary and logical to improve the squad.

“It’s very unlike Arsenal, but (it happened) because the players were not available.

“We didn’t do anything stupid and what we did made sense because on the financial side and the quality of the player side and the experience we needed it. It is now down to me and to the players to show that I made the right decisions.“

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9 Sep 2011