Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims to have no regrets over failing to bring in more defenders in the summer as his side faces an injury crisis before Saturday evening’s North London derby against Totttenham Hotspur.
Despite signing a number of players for the new season including defenders Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy from Southampton and Newcastle respectively, Wenger was criticised for deciding not to replace the outgoing Thomas Vermaelen, leaving Chambers as the sole backup for the first-choice centre-back pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
Potential deals for Olympiakos’ Kostas Manolas and Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld failed to materialise, yet Wenger is happy with the defenders at his disposal, claiming that no new players were brought in due to a lack of quality on the market.
“There was not a lot on the market and if you look at other clubs they had the same problem. Everybody is looking for defenders.” he is quoted by The Express.
“I feel we made a very good buy with Chambers and now we’ve been a bit unlucky to lose Debuchy and Monreal at the same time together.
“It doesn’t matter how many players you buy if you have bad luck, you can have three players in every position because it’s impossible to manager that many as well.”
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