Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Arsene Wenger: 'we will buy midfielders'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken in the wake of the club's decision to part company with an established midfielder in the person of Samir Nasri.

Wenger alongside a select few of his available players are currently cooling their heels in Udine, as they await tomorrow's test of faith against their Italian host for a place in this season's Champions League business: "What is at stake at the
moment is for us to qualify tomorrow and we can only do it with the players we have at the
moment," the manager reiterated.

"They are good enough to achieve that and therefore after that we will see what we can do. We are working very hard on the
transfer market.

"We brought in [Alex Oxlade-] Chamberlain - you will see that he will be a great player. Gervinho
will be a great player for
this club too but we want ideally more. We are
short in midfield at the moment and that is where we want to strengthen."

Despite the absence of his midfield duo of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and the lingering possibility of Jack Wilshire warming the bench tomorrow evening -Arsene is confident his new signings will rise to the challenge in Italy: "There is always a concern [that players can
be affected] but it is not an excuse," he opined.

"You are always concerned about the consequences it can have on the team. It can have a positive consequence as
well - if you are strong mentally it can increase the solidarity, knowing you have to fight more.

"That is ideally what you
want from mentally strong players."