Arsene Wenger believes that improvements to the defence coupled with Arsenal’s free-flowing playing philosophy will help the Gunners to keep pace with their big spending rivals when the new season starts.
While Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have all spent big money since January fine tuning their respective squads, Wenger has again remained stubbornly low key in the transfer window.
However, having already revealed that he is in the market for a new defender, while still trying to keep hold of prized duo Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, the Frenchman told Arsenal Player ahead of the pre-season friendly with Cologne that he still firmly believes in the quality of his squad.
“We have a way of play, a style of play and a stable squad and we have a huge hunger. We feel last year we were very, very close and we want of course this time to come back and be even stronger.
“I believe that we have a good offensive power as well. We work very hard on our defensive stability and if we manage to sort this problem out I believe we can be a very good surprise.”
Reflecting on the possibility of Manchester United being weaker following the retirement of two long-standing servants, Wenger cautiously maintained that he would treat all rivals as strong threats while maintaining focus on his own project at the Emirates.
“They [Manchester United] lost big players with Scholes and Van der Sar but I wouldn’t say early on that they will be weaker. Let’s not expect any weaker sides, let’s expect Manchester United to be strong, City to be strong, Chelsea will be strong, Liverpool will be strong, Tottenham will be there.
“Let’s just focus on our strengths and make sure the belief is within the squad and around the team as well that we can do well. I believe that is an important ingredient for us.”
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