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Wenger: Did 'nothing stupid'
NEW SIGNINGS SHOW OUR AMBITION - WENGER
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the club's deadline-day transfers have shown the squad they mean business again this season.
Following the sale of captain Cesc Fabregas and playmaker Samir Nasri, big question marks were left over the future direction of the club as they battled past Udinese to qualify for the Champions League amid a nightmare start to their domestic campaign.
Wenger denies Arsenal's frenzied late transfer swoops were a direct reaction to the 8-2 thrashing at Manchester United.
However, the Gunners boss accepts the arrivals of South Korea captain Park Chu-young, who is hoping for late visa clearance to play against Swansea on Saturday, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, as well as defensive duo Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos will have displayed the club's determination to the likes of captain Robin van Persie.
"They could be a little bit worried about our ambition because they see big players moving out and not big players coming in," Wenger said.
"If you look around you when you are a big player, the confidence you gain is as well by when you look who is around you. That is important for a football player."
Wenger is confident he has added the necessary quality and experience for the battles ahead.
He said: "I think we kept our head cool.
"We didn't do anything stupid. What we did made sense on the financial side, the quality of the player and the experience we needed.
"It is now down to me and to the players to show that I made the right decisions."
Wenger, however, admits there was "a lot of uncertainty about" over the summer and pre-season, which at times left more questions than answers.
"It is like in a company. When you are half in and half out, it's not as good as if you're completely in. That happened at the start of the season," he said.
"In our job, like in any given job, you have to create some collective and you need everybody to be on board and focused on it.
"Even when you have that, it's difficult to reach that. If you don't have that, it's much more difficult.
"I must say, Fabregas and Nasri played completely well and respectfully, but they were not completely here."
The Arsenal manager added: "There was no resentment. There was maybe more, from the players who were here, uncertainty about our potential and about our determination to strengthen the squad.
"But we have not mastered the timing. I could write a book about the summer. I think it would be quite an interesting one - not because of me but because of all that happened. It was quite unbelievable - and you would see that it was not as easy as it can look from outside."