by Lewis Ambrose
Speaking in an interview shown on Sky Sports News HQ after the away kit launch in Singapore on Tuesday, Jack Wilshere expressed his belief that the Arsenal squad is big enough to challenge for the title.
Rivals Manchester United have been busy in recent days, completing a deal for Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Torino’s Matteo Darmian. Morgan Schneiderlin is set to sign for the club and is thought to have completed a medical already.
On the other side of the city, Manchester City are set to complete the signing of Liverpool star Raheem Sterling. The 20 year-old is expected to cost the Citizens a huge £49M and underwent a medical on Tuesday.
Wilshere, however, isn’t worried that other clubs are doing more business than Arsenal in the window, and has backed Arsène Wenger to sign the right player if they become available.
“I don’t think that’s a worry,” said the Arsenal midfielder.
“The boss here, everyone trusts him and if the right player comes up and he could fit into our team and our squad the boss will sign him.”
Arsenal’s only summer business this summer saw the club complete an £11M deal to bring in Petr Čech from Chelsea, and Wilshere is happy that the goalkeeper is joining the club.
“We’ve added Petr Čech who is a great signing.”
“To add a guy like that to a team that has maybe lacked trophies in the last few years, someone who has been there and done it, that’s fantastic.”
Arsenal have also been linked with striker like Alexandre Lacazette and Karim Benzema, as well as countless defenders and holding midfielders but no business has been done, nor does any seem likely to happen soon. That is no source of concern to Wilshere.
“We feel we we’ve got a squad that can match theirs now. The PL’s a tough league and you want all the players possible you’ve got the League Cup, the Fa Cup, players go away on international breaks so throughout the season players will pick up injuries and it’s important that we’ve got the players to come in.”
The Arsenal squad is probably bigger than it has ever been. One or two signings could possibly improve what we already have, but we certainly don’t need a great deal.