Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has rejected claims that rivals Tottenham Hotspur have a stronger squad and is confident ahead of the north London derby on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger has seen his opposite number at White Hart Lane, Andre Villas-Boas, recruit a number of players so far this summer, while only adding the free transfers of Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini to his Emirates Stadium squad.
Spurs managed to break their transfer record three times in this window with the acquisition of Paulinho for £17million, Roberto Soldado for £26million and of Erik Lamela from AS Roma for an estimated £30million - all funded by the soon to be finalised £86million transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
This, added to Arsenal's opening day defeat and failure to make any significant additions, has led many to claim Villas-Boas' side now have the superior squad and are favourites going into the match at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
However, Walcott doesn't believe this is the case and insists the recent wins over Fulham and Fenerbahce have proved that Villas was a blip that had already been overcome.
“Not at all. I feel we’re very, very strong," he is quoted as saying in the Evening Standard in response to the suggestion Spurs were the stronger of the two squads.
"Everyone makes out our squad is very weak and there are not many of us but I think we showed in the last few games that we bounced back from a bad result in the first match [the 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa] and proved a lot of people wrong.
“Every club are different and they invested their money very well. For us players we just want to do a job on Sunday, we don’t care if they have brought in £30million stars."
While reserving praise for Villas-Boas and his side, Walcott warned them that the Arsenal players were looking to make a point to their doubters on Sunday and have the belief to triumph.
“They have some very good players and a very good manager but we need to make sure we focus on ourselves," he added.
"The way we’re playing at the moment we believe we can beat anyone."
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