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Wenger: I expect new signing

ESPN staff
August 26, 2012
Arsenal could only draw 0-0 with Stoke on Sunday © PA Photos

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was pleased with how his side defended in the 0-0 draw with Stoke, and admitted he was keen to bring in more players before Friday's transfer deadline.

"[Defensively] overall we did very well, our defenders, our midfielders, [Abou] Diaby had a good protection role in midfield. Our back four did well, our goalkeeper did well,'' the Arsenal manager said on Sky Sports News. "They [Stoke] are a handful for anyone that comes here.

"I'm pleased with what I have, but yes I anticipate that we will do something still, we are still on the market. Defensive midfielder, it depends on the quality of the players available.''

His counterpart Tony Pulis was equally satisfied with a point and like Wenger expects new arrivals at his club. "It was a good result, there are things we are not happy with and can do better,'' he said. "We were playing a team on a different level.

"We have a busy week ahead so we can freshen it up a bit. We have played two difficult games we are still unbeaten.''

Regarding reinforcements, Stoke have agreed personal terms with Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu and are also looking to bring in Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

"We have taken the lad Edu, well, we are hoping to do a deal,'' Pulis added. "As a football club we have to go a bit careful, the chairman has been wonderful. We have to wheel and deal a bit more this year than before.

"I'm hoping, praying one or two things drop for us, we need to freshen it up. That [Huddlestone] was going on Friday, we will hopefully revisit that on Monday.''

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