Arsenal's 'phenomenal' transfer policy - Graham

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Arsenal's season so far can be best described as a 'work-in-progress', but former boss George Graham has urged fans to give the club's new crop of players time to prove their credentials.

In a summer of sweeping changes at the Emirates Stadium sparked by the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made no less than five deadline day signings, to add to the prior acquisition of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Gervinho.

In an interview with talkSPORT, Graham reserved special praise for the former Lille forward, who moved to north London in an £11million deal, and has quickly settled into life at Arsenal, turning in a number of impressive performances.

But the ex-Gunner is confident that the likes of Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, and the lesser known Andre Santos, and Ju Young Park can also find success at the club providing they are given time to settle.

"You've got to give them time," said Graham. "Arsene Wenger's transfer policy since he joined the club has been phenomenal, buying players unknown to the British public like [Thierry] Henry, [Robert] Pires and [Freddie] Ljungberg.

"Nobody knew these players, even [Patrick] Vieira, nobody knew him in England yet he bought them and made them into world class players."

Arsenal's poor start to the 2011-12 campaign meant Wenger came into criticism for assembling an inexperienced squad, causing a deadline-day reaction of panic-buying, with the signing of a couple of players with Barclays Premier League experience.

But Graham has backed the new-look squad to come good, and highlighted Gervinho as the player who Arsenal could turn into the next world-class star.

"You've got to go along with him [Wenger] to a certain extent but time will be the judge if they really develop into the type of class players that Arsenal needs.

"I've been very impressed by Gervinho from the games I've seen him in," he added. "He stays on the left-wing then comes inside and joins up with the centre-forward, it's nice to see that from a winger."

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