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Arsenal midfielder lauds team spirit

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky believes that the Gunners will see the benefit in maintaining a settled squad as the season progresses, insisting his side are capable of mounting a sustained title challenge.

The Gunners managed to keep their best players during a relatively quiet summer of transfer activity at the Emirates, in stark contrast to previous seasons which have seen Arsenal lose key players to traditional rivals for silverware.

Rosicky admitted that he was delighted to see Arsenal maintain the bulk of a squad who went unbeaten in 10 matches as the previous campaign finished, backing a strong team spirit in the Arsenal dressing room to realise his burning desire to win a trophy after seven years at the Emirates.

He told the club's official website: "It could take time for the new managers at those clubs to settle. It might take a while for them to get their ideas over to the players and get the correct style of play within the team. Every change can be tricky and I believe the stability we have can help us.

"I think it’s the first time in my Arsenal career that we didn’t lose anyone in the summer. There hasn’t been a main departure so I think already that will benefit us greatly. The chemistry in the team is very important and that’s what we have here. You could see at the end of last season that the team really fought for each other - that’s a good characteristic to have within the side.

“It’s very simple. My target is a trophy, I want to win the league. This is my eighth year at the Club and that’s what I came here for, so now it’s time to achieve it. I will work hard every day in training and in the games to fulfill my dream. I have never felt hungrier in my career for success as I do now."

The 32-year-old has started the season in fine form but faces a spell on the sidelines after pulling up a thigh injury playing for the Czech Republic last night against Italy.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may use Rosicky's absence to give club-record signing Mesut Ozil an immediate chance to impress this weekend, as Arsenal prepare to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

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