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

Barcelona.

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

Santi Cazorla.

“I felt really comfortable when I played with Alex last year, he

was a terrific player,” Arteta told the official Arsenal

website.

“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.”