Rosicky refutes Toure claims

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Tomas Rosicky insists Arsenal still have all their "great players" and are ready to mount a serious assault on the Barclays Premier League title.

The Gunners continued their impressive pre-season build-up, which now stretches to six unbeaten games, with a 3-0 win over Scottish champions Rangers to lift the Emirates Cup. Former defender Kolo Toure, who joined Manchester City following seven years at Arsenal, claims his old club have lost all of their leaders, which was one of the reasons he decided to leave.

But Rosicky said: "We have got plenty of options and that is why I feel we will be stronger than last season - because the boss will have more options."

The Czech international has returned to action following 18 months out with a series of niggling injuries, which along with the match fitness of Croatia forward Eduardo has boosted Arsene Wenger's forward options following the summer departure of striker Emmanuel Adebayor, also to City. Rosicky is adamant Arsenal still have plenty of strength in depth.

"I don't think the best players have left," declared Rosicky, signed from Borussia Dortmund in July 2006.

"We have still got [Andrey] Arshavin, [Cesc] Fabregas and they are still great players.

"I don't see it this way. I don't see why we should be afraid of anyone.

"I see the potential and think we need to focus on what we have got."

Rosicky added: "We know what we have to do better and we are not blind. I can see the positives.

"I hope we can achieve something together and we will fight for trophies this year. If the boss decides to buy someone that is always good and will give us another option - but I think even if he doesn't, we have plenty of options."

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