Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been quick to move on from Robin van Persie’s departure for Manchester United, insisting that he has a “massive” squad at his disposal even after the Dutchman’s exit.
Immediately after former skipper van Persie inked a four-year deal at Arsenal’s bitter rivals United, Wenger thanked the forward for his contribution over an eight-year period, particularly throughout his brilliant last season.
The Frenchman even referred to the first mention of van Persie’s desire for a transfer earlier this summer as a “brutal reality” of this business but openly argued with those who feel that the Gunners’ squad has weakened since last season.
“We regret that we have lost a great player and for one simple reason – he only had one year left on his contract. He wanted to go. [But] We anticipated this situation might happen, therefore we bought Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud,” Wenger was quoted by Arsenal’s official website.
He added: “We have already invested the money because we bought three players – [Santi] Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud. Therefore if needed, we will invest more, but if you look at the number of players we have, we have a massive squad. We have plenty of players who have no chance to play at all.
“At the moment I believe we have what is needed to be ambitious and to play our game.”
Mikel Arteta, one of Wenger’s summer signings last year, echoed his manager’s feelings yesterday, when he ambitiously stated that with the right attitude and a strong start, the Gunners can match anyone in the 2012-13 title race.