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Football: Arsenal not vulnerable anymore, says Wenger

Published on Aug 8, 2014 6:16 AM
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger smiles durin g their victory parade in London on May 18, 2014, following their win in the English FA Cup final football match on May 17, 2014 against Hull City. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that his club have lost the vulnerability that once made their players easy prey for Sunday's Community Shield opponents Manchester City.

Bacary Sagna became the third player to join City from Arsenal in recent seasons when he swapped the Emirates Stadium for the Etihad Stadium in June, but Wenger's side are now operating on something approaching an equal footing in the transfer market.

Having signed Mesut Ozil in a club-record deal a year ago, Arsenal bought Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in a move reportedly worth around £30 million ($50.5 million, 37.8 million euros) last month, and Wenger feels they can no longer be considered the poor relations among the Premier League's leading sides.

"It looks like we are a bit closer," he told journalists at the Emirates on Thursday.

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