By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger insists history is not repeating itself this summer amid speculation that Robin van Persie will leave the Club.

Arsenal made a difficult start to the 2011/12 campaign as both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri departed, while a slew of injuries also had a deep impact.

But Wenger says his squad is in much better shape now than it was at the same point last year.

“The situation is not the same as last season,” he said. “We have a squad that is solid and we have bought two strikers.

“Last year we lost not only two players in the transfer market, but players through injury in pre-season. We lost Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere, and also Rosicky at the start of the season. That was not predictable.

“Last year's situation was difficult for us through injuries, not only the transfer market. I knew Fabregas would go, but we lost Wilshere, Diaby and Rosicky on top of that. It was too difficult.”

Wenger insists the Club remains as hungry as ever for success and is confident his team will achieve it this season.

“We are very ambitious,” he said. “You asked me that because you had to ask it, but we know we are very ambitious. We are also very proud of the way we run our Club.”

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23 Jul 2012