Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels his squad are "maturing" into a force capable of ensuring the club can challenge for top honours again.

The Gunners, who take on Steaua Bucharest in their Champions League clash on Tuesday night, have shown few signs so far this season that they are missing star man Thierry Henry, who was sold to Barcelona during the summer.

Wenger said: "I think we have matured a little bit and play a bit more efficiently now. It´s like the life of your team: they start all enthusiastic and play, after that they go to a level where there is a good balance between being efficient but still playing - and then they go to a level where they are only efficient."

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