MA: Gunners can cope without Song
The Cameroon international was left out of the opening Premier
League fixture against Sunderland as he finalised a ?15m move to
That meant Arteta was asked to operate in a deeper midfield role
and despite having to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Black Cats,
the Spaniard was encouraged by his new partnership with compatriot
“I felt really comfortable when I played with Alex last year, he
was a terrific player,” Arteta told the official Arsenal
“But if he and the club decided that the best option was for him
to leave we have to accept it. I think we are good enough to carry
on without him.
“I think we are looking good. We looked really organised on
Saturday, just maybe in the final third we didn’t take the chances
we should have done.
“It will take a while because there have been some new players
coming in and we are building a new team.
“We have lost some important players but we know that our new
players can make the difference as well. We will have to give them
a chance to settle into a new place.”