Arsenal star bemoans Vermaelen exit, does not mention Sagna

Polish international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes Arsenal currently possess their best squad in years.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is excited ahead of the new season as he sees the current squad at its strongest in years.

In contrast to previous transfer windows, boss Arsene Wenger has seemingly done his business early this time as the Frenchman has bulked up his ranks with seven new additions before the opening weekend.

Amongst those is Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for a reported £30 million, as well as fullbacks Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy.

The fullback area was of some concern for the Gunners this summer following the drawn-out departure of Bacary Sagna to Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

The Frenchman’s contract at the Emirates was expiring in the summer and after much speculation, he followed former teammates Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy in controversially moving to the Premier League champions.

In spite of Sagna’s exit, however, Szczesny is adamant that other than former skipper Thomas Vermaelen, the North Londoners haven’t lost any key players and can count on their best squad during his seven years at the club.

“Looking at it on paper I think it is the strongest side we have had. Except for obviously Thomas [Vermaelen] we have not lost any key players.” He said, quoted by The Mirror.

Even if someone did leave on a free contract we managed to replace them with good players. So we are looking stronger and stronger and we are very happy with that.”

Arsenal’s new found confident team sent out a message to their title rivals ahead of the new season with a crushing 3-0 victory over Sagna’s new employers Manchester City in the Community Shield.

First half goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey set them on their way before Olivier Giroud came off the bench in the second half and added a third to top off a resounding victory.

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