Wenger buoyant after derby

Arsene Wenger was delighted with Arsenal's derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur and has hinted at a transfer 'surprise'.

Last Updated: 01/09/13 at 20:31 Post Comment

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The Gunners edged out their north London rivals at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with a solitary effort from Olivier Giroud proving to be the difference on the day.

With three points safely wrapped up, Wenger can now turn his attention to the pursuit of fresh faces - with the Frenchman yet to spend ahead of Monday's 11pm deadline.

He is expecting to be 'busy' before the window closes, but is keen to reflect on a job well done against Spurs before pressing ahead with the search for new recruits.

Wenger told Sky Sports on the derby win: "I enjoyed it, absolutely - the attitude they have shown.

"It was a very intense game where sometimes technically, in the second half especially, we dropped our level. But overall, to sum it up, their goalkeeper was their best player and we had plenty of chances.

"I concede as well that we did hang on in the end because we just wanted to keep the score. Overall, there were less goals than usual but it was still a very interesting derby."

Wenger saw Jack Wilshere forced off before half-time but confirmed that the England man was suffering with an illness, rather than a knock.

He said: "It was an illness. We had two sick players before the game, one of them was just before the game - and that was (Bacary) Sagna. Wilshere was a bit better so I decided to play with him and not Sagna. Both were not right."

Pressed on whether Arsenal fans can expect there to be a flurry of activity on deadline day, Wenger said with a smile: "You will see what we will announce. If we sign someone I promise that we will be very quick to announce it, but maybe we have a good surprise for you.

"I believe, ideally, you want strength in the squad because you get long-term injuries and you always want more quality. But we are working very hard and let's give us time, until tomorrow at 11 o'clock."

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