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Wenger not frustrated by transfer inactivity

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no intention of adding anything but an 'exceptional player' to his squad.

The Gunners did not sign any fresh faces during the January transfer window.

Wenger is, however, expected to renew his interest in Southampton teenager Gareth Bale during the summer, when more funds may be available.

For now, though, the Arsenal manager is more than happy with what he has got.

Wenger said: 'To work well in the future, a club like ours should only have to buy the exceptional player and have a good enough squad to fight for the rest.

'I did not buy anybody in the transfer window because there is no point bringing average players in.'

The Arsenal manager added: 'Frustration? No I would not use that word. The only problem could arise if I find the exception - the player everybody wants in the world - and I do not have the money to buy him.

'Then it is frustrating, but that was not the case - I was not on any ball at all.'

Wenger insists the future is bright for the Gunners.

He said: 'Look what we have now and I am confident that in the coming years we have enough quality to fight for the championship.

'You have to be strong enough to play the young players when there is a big demand.

'What would have happened if we had lost to Tottenham with young players? But you have to know what you want and stick to it.

'If you want to know how good your players are then you have to play them.'

Wenger describes Bale as a 'special talent'.

The highly-rated 17-year-old, who is good friends with Arsenal starlet Theo Walcott from their time at St Mary's, had plenty of suitors last month - including Tottenham.

Wenger was more than happy to see the player stay put for now.

He said: 'The good thing is that we still have a chance. He is a special talent.'

Wenger used the Carling Cup and, to an extent, the FA Cup to blood many of the younger members of the squad.

It is a policy which proved sound and set up a Carling Cup final against Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium later this month.

The Gunners boss intends to again use a delicate blend of youth an experience to finish the job in Cardiff.

One player in particular who has stood out is Brazil Under-19 captain Denilson.

Wenger will include the midfielder in the first-team squad again for this afternoon's late Premiership kick-off at Middlesbrough.

'He has quickly come out and shown personality,' said Wenger.

'He is one of the candidates for the midfield. There are plenty of young players in there. If I think they are good enough they play.'