Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger denies Arsenal need more midfield options, rules out new signing

The Gunners were overrun by Liverpool during the first half of Monday night's 0-0 draw at the Emirates

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Arsenal will not be strengthening their defensive midfield options this summer after Arsene Wenger ruled out the need to do so.

The Arsenal manager has insisted he was happy with his options, despite his side being overrun by Liverpool during the first half of the 0-0 draw at the Emirates on Monday night.

The Gunners have been criticised by pundits and some fans for not buying another holding midfielder to support Francis Coquelin, who only broke into the first team last season after being recalled from a loan spell with second tier side Charlton Athletic.

Club captain Mikel Arteta provides the main competition for Coquelin, but the 33-year-old has only just returned from a calf injury after six months out. Arsenal also have an ageing Mathieu Flamini, who has only one year left on his contract.

"Everybody has their opinion and everybody is entitled to have an opinion. I could prove to you that it's not necessarily right," Wenger was quoted as saying by the club's website when asked about the need for more 'powerful' midfielders by reporters.

"When you don't win, you're wrong and people always find reasons why. Are they the good reasons?"


"I think I have enough experience and intelligence to know when it's right and when it's wrong," added the club's longest-serving manager.

Arsenal are still waiting for their first home win of the season after being held by Liverpool in Monday's entertaining goalless draw following the opening day shock 2-0 defeat by West Ham United.