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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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Arsenal defend lack of late deals

Arsenal have defended their lack of movement in the transfer market on deadline day after seeing North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur make late moves for personnel.

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This summer, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has sold last season's top goalscorer Robin van Persie to Manchester United while Alex Song has also left for Barcelona.

The French coach moved early in the market by signing Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski before landing Santi Cazorla for £16 million from Malaga.

But the sales of Van Persie and Song led to suggestions further investment was needed from the Gunners, and on deadline day they were linked with a loan move for Chelsea's Michael Essien.

Essien, though, ultimately signed a loan deal with Real Madrid, and Arsenal have insisted there was no serious interest in the Ghana midfielder.

An Arsenal source told ESPN: "Regarding the squad, there were no close, late attempts and we were never in for Essien.

"Arsene feels with the three signings, together with (Abou) Diaby back, and (Jack) Wilshere, (Tomas) Rosicky and (Bacary) Sagna close to fitness, the squad is strong.

"There are obviously resources to spend and he's given the freedom to do so."

The Gunners' rivals Tottenham, meanwhile, were active on deadline day, as they landed France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Clint Dempsey from Fulham.

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