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Arsenal don't need new signings - Sagna

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Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna insists that Arsene Wenger does not need to spend big before the transfer deadline closes on September 2.

The Gunners' boss has come under-fire from certain sections of the Emirates faithful for failing to bring in the high-profile signings that the club's fans so desperately crave.

Moves for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema have so far failed to come to fruition, with players either opting to move elsewhere or remain with their current club, rather than make the move to north London.

Despite these setbacks, Sagna insists that Wenger does not need to spend and that Arsenal are good enough to compete on all fronts, with or without new additions.

Speaking after Arsenal secured their place in the Champions League group stage, Sagna said: "Everyone is confident.

"Of course the first game [against Aston Villa] was not great - we lost at home and dropped points.

"But we knew we had a good a team. We kept working hard and kept our heads up and have managed to win games."

The makeshift centre-half is convinced that Arsenal are good enough to challenge for major honours, even if Wenger fails to bring in some new faces.

"We have very good players. We have a young team and want to improve but we can beat anyone.

"We played a very good team in Fenerbahce with experience and we managed to win - even away it was not easy.

"If we stay focused I believe we have a very good team which is competitive."

Sagna, 30, has moved from right-back to centre-half this season as Wenger looks to overcome the early season injury woes plaguing his Arsenal side.

The likes of Lukas Podolski and Thomas Vermaelen have been absent, while Laurent Koscielny's red card in the opening day defeat to Aston Villa compounded the Gunners' misery even further.

Despite their injury woes and lack of options, Wenger is refusing to panic buy and insists that whilst Arsenal may lack bodies, they're not lacking in quality.

With just a few days remaining before the transfer window slams shut, it remains to be seen whether Arsenal add to their ranks ahead of the deadline.

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