Arsene Wenger believes he has sufficient cover in his Arsenal midfield ranks to replace the injured Jack Wilshere, and has urged his younger players to embrace the challenge of filling the void left by the inspirational Gunner.
After undergoing successful ankle surgery on Monday, the England international faces a four or five month spell on the sidelines as he begins his rehabilitation. But Wenger feels, in Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin, he has enough options to get by.
"Touch wood we can absorb the number of games we face well and we have some younger players pushing like Coquelin and Frimpong, who are playing very well. So hopefully we can cope with it.
"If Abou Diaby comes back well and quickly we should, number-wise and quality-wise, be alright. That depends as well on the injuries we have in the next two or three months."
Wenger also made an uncharacteristic foray into the summer transfer market, making no less than five deadline-day signings, which included the bolstering of his midfield options with the likes of Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun.
Both players have added much needed experience, and quality to his Arsenal squad, and the part that they can play during Wilshere's absence should not be underestimated.
"[Jack's injury] makes us a bit shorter in midfield and it puts a bit more pressure on our midfielders to perform game-in, game-out, because we will have less rotation possibilities," he admitted.
"But every club can be tested on that front so it shouldn't impact our end result of the season and shouldn't be any excuse at all.
"Jack can come back and be very strong and help us finish the season well."
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