Johan Djourou believes that the five new players signed by Arsene Wenger at the end of the transfer window will be very important in boosting squad morale.
The Swiss defender, who has returned from international duty to be greeted by defenders Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker, midfield duo Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta and striker Chu Young Park, also stressed that competition for places in the starting XI can only help improve the Gunners in the long-term.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the centre-back remarked:
“The transfer window was just crazy. I left here [to go on international duty] and then I have five new guys in the dressing-room.
“I think it’s great. I think we needed some new players, we needed competition in the team and I think that’s just what happened here.
“It went crazy in the last day, or last two days – just bam, bam, bam…five players in the team. It’s good, it’s going to bring new life to the club and they are good players.
“I think if you look at players like Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Per Mertesacker and Park we have some very good players. I don’t really know Andre Santos that much, but I’ve heard he’s a really good left-back so it’s great for the team.
“The squad is full now and we have to really work hard for each other.”
Having played alongside Laurent Koscielny during the recent drubbing at Old Trafford, Djourou also spoke about the club’s worst result since the 19th century and insisted that it was not acceptable.
“As a player it wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but I think it’s one of those that happens once. It was something that came out of nowhere, it was tough to take.
“We fought hard, we tried to give our best, but I have to say they were just really good and had a fantastic game. Obviously you don’t want to accept that, because getting beaten like that is not acceptable for a team like us.”