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Wenger 'spoilt for choice' at Arsenal

ESPN staff
October 21, 2013
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Arsene Wenger says he is not thinking about transfers at present, and instead is "spoilt for choice" with the players he has had to leave out in Arsenal's rich run of form.

Wenger was asked whether it was a 'blessing in disguise' that he missed out on the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez in the summer, but denied that he wanted a striker ahead Olivier Giroud, who has been so central to the club's surge.

"We were not out there to replace Olivier Giroud. In our mind [Nicklas] Bendtner was leaving and therefore we were a bit short up front and that's why we were out there for strikers," Wenger said.

"But overall Bendtner has stayed and is now coming back to good form and Giroud is doing exceptionally well. He is one of the players who always improves and looks to become better. He is showing that in every single game.

"I'm honestly not focused on any transfer policy at all. When you look at it at the moment I am spoilt for choice and look at the players who are still out. There is no [Theo] Walcott, no [Alex Oxlade] Chamberlain, no [Lukas] Podolski who are all out and I don't even speak about the players like [Abou] Diaby, so we don't need to go on the transfer market too much."

Speaking on the eve of the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, Wenger believes Arsenal have improved significantly since they ousted the German side during the group stage of the 2011-12 season, and that exceptional goals like Jack Wilshere's against Norwich on Saturday only help that process.

"I believe we are much better. The young players have gained experience and maturity, and the consistency of our results since the first of January 2013 shows that. We are capable of being consistent and consistency is always a sign of quality, especially in the Premier League. If you are capable of being consistent in the Premier League that's a sign of quality.

"The feel-good factor is down to the quality of the spirit of the team, the solidarity of the players, and their desire to do well. We know we are a team that looks for being of course successful, for that you need a special hunger and I believe these players have a special hunger."

Speaking of the stunningly fluent move that led to Wilshere's goal on Saturday, Wenger insisted the team can still get better.

"I don't know, what is for sure is that it's good for our confidence. That we know. We have room for improvement, and being in the position we are in at the moment and knowing we have room for improvement is of course a good feeling.

"I believe in life you can always improve and that's what makes a top-level sportsman or a top-level team is they always have that surge for improvement. I believe that collectively in the way we win the ball back and use the ball offensively we have room for improvement and for more consistency in that and that's what you want from the players."

Arsenal will have to do without Mathieu Flamini for the Dortmund clash.

Arsenal will have to reshuffle their midfield, however, after Flamini suffered concussion in Saturday's 4-1 home win over Norwich and had to be taken off. Wenger will not make any decision on his team until Tuesday afternoon.

"Flamini is doing well, he has practised normally but we will not play him tomorrow because there is a five-days rule that we will respect, not to take any chances. It was a concussion and the doctor advised us not to play him. He will be okay for the weekend," he said.

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