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Wenger highlights 'matured' Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's 2-0 Champions League win over Olympiacos is another example of just how his young side are maturing.

The Greek champions had goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis to thank for preventing Arsenal chalking up a big score in a one-sided contest at the Emirates. However, they were eventually undone with 12 minutes to go when substitute Eduardo set up Robin van Persie before Andrey Arshavin made sure of the win when he netted a cheeky backheel, which had more than a hint of offside.

"We kept our composure and kept going," said Wenger. "We have matured and a game like this shows just that."

He added: "We played with a desire to keep the discipline in the team. We did not do anything crazy. I always felt we could score."

Wenger feels the manner of the victory shows just why Arsenal are not "desperate" for new signings.

The Gunners' parent company this week announced healthy financial figures, with a record £35million profit and the board indicated there was plenty of money available for the manager should he wish to invest further in the squad when the transfer window opens in January.

However, Wenger firmly believes in the quality he already has.

"We got very young players, and they make their name here," said the Gunners boss.

"When you look at the players who did not play, you can see why we are not desperate."

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