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Wenger plays down Cabaye bid furore
9:33am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
ARSENE WENGER insists Arsenal must be allowed to go about their transfer business away from public scrutiny – and defended his record in landing quality players as he prepared the depleted Gunners squad for the crucial Champions League play-off first leg away to Fenerbahce.
Wenger has found himself under increasing pressure from both media and fans alike as the club failed to strengthen this summer, despite having money to spend and targeting several highprofile players such as Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew blasted Arsenal for the way they lodged a formal bid for midfielder Yohan Cabaye, believed to be £10m, and claimed it played a major factor in their subsequent 4-0 loss at Manchester City.
However, the French coach went on the defensive as questions on his transfer policy again dominated the agenda at the pre-match press conference in Istanbul.
Wenger said: ‘‘I live in a public job where there are opinions of everybody.
‘‘I do with full commitment what I believe is important for the club and the team and prepare for the next game.
‘‘There is nothing to explain (about Cabaye).
‘‘First of all, you don’t know what we have done, you don’t know if we did bid and you have come to a conclusion without knowing everything that has happened.
‘‘It is quite amazing that all of the people don’t know and yet they always have opinions about things they don’t know.
‘‘I won’t explain to you what happened. It is not down to me to explain to you everything I do. It is impossible.
‘‘If we do a transfer we will announce it. We always inform you.
“As for the rest, you have to leave us to do our own things.’’ Wenger added: ‘‘We don’t want to hurt anybody, not Newcastle, not anybody.
‘‘You can’t reproach us on one side for not buying and yet on the other side when we try to buy to reproach us as well. That is a bit contradictory.
‘‘I would just like to reiterate to you that in the last 16 years we have been very successful with transfers – if you look at the players who play tomorrow, they are top quality players, and you should never forget that.
‘‘It is not always to think what is outside is better than what you have.
‘‘What is important as well is to rate what you have and our fans have to understand that as well.’’
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