Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rosicky: We've Still Got the Talent to Take Title; Arsenal Winger Tells Fans Not to Worry about High-Profile Departures as He Targets Silverware

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rosicky: We've Still Got the Talent to Take Title; Arsenal Winger Tells Fans Not to Worry about High-Profile Departures as He Targets Silverware

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Byline: Marc Isaacs

FIT-AGAIN Tomas Rosicky has strongly hit back at critics who feel Arsenal will fail to win any silverware and believes the best players are still playing for the club.

After seeing two of their star names -- Mathieu Flamini and Alexander Hleb -- leave the club a year ago, this summer Gunners fans have watched on as top striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defender Kolo Toure moved to Manchester City for a total of [pounds sterling]41million.

Yet despite the steady trickle of big names leaving, Rosicky is adamant that Arsenal have kept their best players and have still got enough quality to challenge for the title this season.

The Czech winger returned to firstteam action against Barnet last month after 18 months out with hamstring and ankle problems. He didn't feature in the three following matches because of a minor setback but played in the first half of Saturday's Emirates Cup win over Atletico Madrid and made a late substitution appearance against Rangers yesterday.

He said: "I don't think the best players have left. We have still got [Andrey] Arshavin, [Cesc] Fabregas and they are still great players. I don't see it this way. I don't see why we should be afraid of anyone. I see the potential and think we need to focus on what we have got. We have got plenty of options and that is why I feel we will be stronger than last season.

"We know what we have to do better and we are not blind. I can see the positives. I hope we can achieve something together and we will fight for trophies this year.

"If the boss decides to buy someone that is always good and will give us another option. But I think even if he doesn't, we have plenty of options."

Arsenal showed they can cope without Adebayor and Toure as they lifted the Emirates Cup yesterday, cruising to a 3-0 win over Rangers to add to their late victory against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

The star man for Arsene Wenger's side was teenage midfielder Jack Wilshere, who scored twice and picked up the man-of-the-match award for both games. The 17-year-old has shown he has the temperament to compete at the highest level and must have impressed the watching England boss Fabio Capello. …

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