Wenger was in for Spurs trio

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed at the club's Annual General Meeting that he was interested in signing three of Tottenham's current stars.

The Frenchman, responding to criticism of overlooking English talent in the transfer market, revealed his admiration for Jermain Defoe, Paul Robinson and Michael Carrick.

The England international trio were targets for Wenger before they headed for White Hart Lane but he was unable to conclude any of the deals.

Exciting striker Defoe and midfielder Carrick were both viewed as possible additions during their time at West Ham while current England number one Robinson was considered as the long-term option at Highbury when he was leaving Leeds United.

Spurs eventually won the chase to sign the trio as they continue to recruit young players with a view to building a squad capable of challenging for honours.

Wenger also expressed his determination to bring in fresh blood during January's transfer window as he has not given up hope of catching Chelsea in the Premiership title race.

However, he was not grilled on the future of Thierry Henry nor the sale of Patrick Vieira during the AGM.