Arsenal striker Robin van Persie considers it ‘vital’ that his side strengthen their team before the end of the transfer window, Sky Sports reports.
The new Gunners captain was upset in the way Nasri and Fabregas left the club but has seen the potential in the remaining squad to remain optimistic. The striker believes that the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Emmanuel Frimpong and Wojciech Szczesny have proven that the clubs player are still of a very high standard and with some new arrivals the team can do well this season.
Robin van Persie said: ‘Of course we did lose Samir and Cesc which is very hard for us because those are two great players.
‘To come up with that performance in the second half is special. If you look at our team and people did question our mental strength. We’ve shown loads of that.’
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Rix: Higher wages needed.
Former Arsenal midfielder Graham Rix fears for the crop of talent being produced through the youth system if the Arsene Wenger doesn’t rectify the clubs strict wage structure, TalkSport reports.
In recent weeks Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy have all departed for much more money than they were paid at the Gunners and Rix believes that if the clubs current star players aren’t paid enough then they too could move onto pastures new.
‘The problem they are having now is the players they are producing are not going to be paid enough to remain at Arsenal. Fabregas left for different reasons but certainly Clichy and Nasri was for financial reasons and that would be worrying.’ Rix said, ‘Despite all the great players you are going to produce, when they are at their peak they are going to leave and play for another top club.”
Wenger praises side.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised his side after beating Udinese to secure a Champions League group stage place, BBC Sport reports.
The Gunners were under intense scrutiny after enduring the recent high-profile departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the latter who was set to travel with the team before Manchester City’s late bid.
This coupled with the fact the Gunners were subdued to booing by sections of the home fans after the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, had cast a burden over the clubs sense of direction with many fans questioning Wenger’s manager status.
‘There are many questions around our club, if we had gone out tonight it would have been much worse.’ Wenger said, ‘It was important not financially, like many people have said, but more for the fact we want to play at the top level.’