Theo Walcott has uttered the line.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the Arsenal winger was talking about the transfer window before it closed at 11pm on Monday night and insisted that there was no need for Arsene Wenger to buy more players during this window as all the injured players who were set to return are ‘like new players coming in’.

The England international also mentioned that the boss could consider strengthening in the summer but, for now, with all the player he has at his disposal with the easing of the injury crisis, Wenger has a bit of a headache when it comes to who to select.

Walcott said

“We’ve got the likes of myself and Mesut [Ozil] coming back from injury and a few others who are still out but will come back soon — Jack [Wilshere], Danny [Welbeck], Alexis [Sanchez] as well — so it is like new players coming in.

“So the manager doesn’t need to go into the window but come the summer it might change.

“Alexis will be back soon — next week hopefully — and so the squad is strong. When everyone is fit, it is a headache for the manager. But it is a good headache when you have competition for places. It makes people perform that little bit more.”

Speaking about the stress a player feels during the transfer window, Walcott added

“I will be watching Sky Sports and seeing all the rumours.

“But it is probably one of the most stressful times for a footballer. I am sure a lot of people enjoy watching that but it is so stressful for players because you could be going somewhere one minute and then somewhere else the next.

“We are talking about some people’s careers.”

Wenger himself spoke about the problem with selection now that he has most of his squad to choose from for the first time in what seems like an eternity.

Wenger said

“Yes, of course, but my job is about selection.

“Sometimes, no matter who you select, you can be wrong. No matter who you select, you can be right as well when you have the quality. You cannot really be wrong because all the players have the quality to play.”

A much stiffer test awaits Arsenal this weekend as they travel the short distance up Seven Sisters Road to face Tottenham.

Watch out for our extensive pre-match coverage which will begin on Wednesday in the run-up to the game.

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