Amid all of the deadline day melodrama Arsene Wenger sat back, probably cupping a large goblet of merlot, and watched the drama unfold in spite of the furious outcry from Gunners fans demanding their manager enter the market one last time. 12-months ago Wenger was scraping a clutch of late transfer deals together in the wake of losing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Fast forward to the present day and the Frenchman gave the eleventh hour theatrics a wide berth despite calls from supporters for him to sign a defensive midfielder to replace Alex Song. Speculation reigned supreme with Cheick Tiote and Michael Essien seemingly heading to the Emirates Stadium but, as it turned out, Wenger was already content with his current crop preferring to place his faith in Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere to fill the void left by Song. Arguably, the defensive side of their game has improved markedly with consecutive clean sheets in their opening two Premier League games. The only problem is the Gunners have failed to find the net. That is sure to change as Oliver Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla continue their acclimatisation to the English game.
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“The more you speak about the problem the bigger it becomes in our game. I think Giroud has not to think he has to replace Van Persie with the number of goals he has to score. We want to play well as a team and if you play well as a team you score goals. I do not listen to much of what people say. I listen and I try to see if it is exaggerated or not. I have worked for 30 years on a football pitch every day and I know what it is to improve a football player and what it is to go out morning and afternoon. Not everyone can say that.” Arsene Wenger defends Oliver Giroud after his goalless start to life at Arsenal