By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has explained his transfer policy so far this
To date, the Arsenal manager has made three signings - striker Eduardo, defender Bacary Sagna and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. The Polish stopper, who made his debut at Barnet on Saturday, is a direct replacement for the departing Mart Poom.
But after the game, Wenger was asked whether Eduardo and Sagna were the two 'super, super' summer signings he had suggested that he would make towards the end of last term. Wenger argues that the situation had changed since then.
"Yes, I said at the end of the season I would not necessarily buy unless I found a super player," he said. "But at that time, in my mind, Thierry was staying. Then the Thierry situation was raised when I had him on the phone in the holidays.
"I could not go into the new season without a striker. When he was staying I was buying one super class player. The problem became different when Thierry left. Then I had to buy a striker.
"Also I came to the idea to buy a full back who can play right or left because we will lose Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure during the African Nations Cup, as well as Emmanuel Adebayor."
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