Unai Emery says the options he has at his disposal this season should make Arsenal more competitive at key moments of the season.
Having kept his new signings on the bench for the opening game of the season at Newcastle, the Spaniard handed starts to Dani Ceballos and David Luiz against Burnley and gave 45 minutes to Nicolas Pepe as the Gunners recorded a second successive win.
After Saturday’s 2-1 win at the Emirates, the Spaniard drew attention to the depth of his squad taking a moment to name-check the players who are still working their way back from injury.
“One thing we wanted to improve is to be competitive in each position in the squad and also to take different possibilities,” he told his post-game press conference.
“For example, today Xhaka is out, also Mesut is out, Rob Holding is out and Hector Bellerin too.
“We had different options for a bigger performance. When every player is good to play, that’s perfect. But the way is long, the season is long, they are coming with different issues and different circumstances for each player, with injuries.
“Last year, for example, I think we lost some points in some moments when we didn’t have different possibilities for some matches. We lost in those moments.
“This year I prefer to have on the bench some important players but really, really with the possibility to be with a good impact after. I think the team is going to be more competitive. That’s my idea.”