Wenger: Why I snubbed Barry & Alonso

The Gunners were linked with moves for both experienced enforcers 12 month's ago, with Barry eventually remaining at Villa Park for a season before joining Manchester City, while Alonso followed suit by signing for Real Madrid for €30 million.

Wenger - for the first time during his 13-year tenure in North London - received criticism from his own club's supporters during the close-season, with fans keen to see their iconic boss add some steel to their midfield to compliment their vast ranks of unpolished starlets and win a trophy for the first time in since 2005.

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