Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ade Going Nowhere and We Can Win The Match But....

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has conceded that his side are short in midfield, but remains completely confident in his young side and revealed no transfers are imminent

The Gunners lost for only the second time in the two seasons they have played at the Emirates Stadium against Juventus this afternoon, falling 1-0 to an offside David Trezeguet goal in their first game of the Emirates Cup.

They play Spanish champions Real Madrid tomorrow and the knives are already being sharpened as the young Gunners lacked the nouse to push Gianluigi Buffon to make any challenging stops throughout the 90 minutes.

Criticism of Wenger's transfer policy has been rife all summer, and while he admits the side are a little short, he remained loyal to his own philosophy.

"We are not close to signing anybody and I will focus on the players I have," he told the club's official website. "If we can find someone, then we will do it. If not, I am happy as well.

"Experience-wise we are a bit short in midfield, but we will see. With Diaby not being injured, Denilson being available, we have quality in there. Today we did not have Rosicky, Fabregas, Eduardo, van Persie and Song. They are five top-class players."

"We had a very young side, especially in the first half, and played well.

"We were unlucky to concede the goal and maybe lacked a bit of experience to score, as well as some physical match sharpness.

"There were some heavy legs, but it will get better over the next two weeks."

Of impressive 16-year-old Arsenal youth product, Jack Wilshere, Wenger said:

"Do not be impressed by his small size because he is not phased by the physical challenges.

"He really looks mature on the pitch, but he is 16 and we have to respect his development. However, do not reproach me now about not playing English players."

The manager also moved to alleviate pressure being put on Emmanuel Adebayor who, despite recently renewing his contract, was booed by some sections of the crowd this afternoon for tabloid rumours that had, all summer, suggested the Togolese hit-man was holding the club to ransom for a new deal, with Barcelona and Milan waiting in the wings.

"I feel our fans are behind him; I feel that was more disappointed love," he explained. "To me, face to face, he always told me he wants to stay at the club, and it finished like that, so I believe what he told me.

"He is not going anywhere - even if you come with a 747-plane full of money."

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