Bacary Sagna remains confident that Arsenal's squad is strong enough to compete in all competitions, even without new signings. Arsene Wenger has been handed a massive transfer budget but the Frenchman has yet to add a big-name signing to the Emirates first team and has only a few days left in the transfer window to match the spending of Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and even Liverpool, should he choose to do so.
"Everyone is confident. Of course the first game [against Aston Villa] was not great - we lost at home and dropped points. But we knew we had a good team. We kept working hard and kept our heads up and have managed to win games," Sagna told talkSPORT.
"We have very good players. We have a young team and want to improve but we can beat anyone. We played a very good team in Fenerbahce with experience and we managed to win - even away it was not easy. If we stay focused I believe we have a very good team which is competitive," the Frenchman added.
The north London side have made only one signing this summer - France U21 International Yaya Sanogo joined on a free transfer. Wenger came under severe pressure after an abysmal performance against Villa in the opening game of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign. However, the Gunners bounced back by winning their next three games and have now qualified for the group stages of the Champions League.
Unfortunately, the injury list at Arsenal continues to grow, making for more pressure on Wenger. German international Lukas Podolski, whose brace helped beat Fulham 3-1 to register a first league win of the season, is the latest to make his way to the club's treatment rooms. Midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta and club captain Thomas Vermaelen are all long-term injuries.
Sagna has felt the impact of these injuries. The right-back has played in central defence this season, following Vermaelen's injury and Laurent Koscielny's suspension for the Fulham game. However, he remains confident that the club can cope with these problems.
Arsenal have been linked to a number of players but with only days left in the transfer window, the task of negotiating the sale of stars like Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria or Karim Benzema is extremely difficult.
Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye is perhaps a more reasonable option but Wenger is reportedly stalling on the £20m valuation of the Frenchman, which could open the door for Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain to move in, much as Serie A side Napoli did for former Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.