"He was not completely physically ready to start three games in a week and certainly for Chile he was not completely ready as well".
"Obviously it was really hard for us because we didn't expect to lose as we did, ' he said."You can play against Liverpool away and lose this game because they are a good team, a strong team with good players, but we can't play as we played". The new fee is more than double that of the previous record set just a year before by Manchester United, Paul Pogba for €105m.
Manchester United's 100 percent start to the new Premier League season came to an end on Saturday after playing out a 2-2 draw against Stoke City.
"I don't know yet", said Wenger.
The late victor that they conceded against Pep Guardiola's men did hand them a crushing blow, but the spirited performance was a reflection of how good the side can be when on song. Arsenal were never put under much of a threat from Eddie Howe's side, and controlled the game throughout.
For all Arsenal's dominance, however, the game arguably hinged on one crucial moment when, shortly after halftime, Jermain Defoe hit the post just minutes before Arsenal killed the game off with their third goal.
"'How the hell is Arsene Wenger still in his job?'" I asked. "He needs to come back to full fitness which he was not at Liverpool... he's strong mentally and hopefully he will back to his best".
The Frenchman has stayed loyal to Arsenal since joining them in 1996, although former United chairman Martin Edwards has revealed that the Red Devils offered him the chance to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.