Arsenal's Arsene Wenger: 'Our squad is a bit thin'

Wenger: 'Our squad is a bit thin'
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger concedes that his squad is a bit thin on numbers a week before the Premier League gets underway.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his squad is light on numbers a week before the Premier League gets underway.

The Gunners have added just one player this summer, with French striker Yaya Sanogo arriving on a free transfer.

A whole host of fringe players including Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Andre Santos and Johan Djourou have been allowed to leave the club, with Wenger actively chasing transfer targets including a much publicised pursuit of Luis Suarez.

Wenger has conceded that he currently lacks the numbers to complete a successful season, with just over three weeks until the transfer window closes.

Speaking after Arsenal secured a 3-1 success over Manchester City in Helsinki today, the Frenchman told reporters: "I think what is important is the strength of the squad. Today is one game. We want to play 55 games and we are maybe a bit thin squad-wise to go through a whole season.

"I'm an optimist. That's why I do this job. Overall I think we finished the season well. In the last 10 games We had eight wins and two draws and we kept the squad together for the first time [for a number of years].

"We didn't lose any regular players so that makes me very positive for the new season."

Arsenal begin their 2013-14 Premier League campaign with a match against Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium, before facing Fenerbahce in a Champions League qualifier four days later.

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