By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger believes that his squad has what it takes to win the Premier League, even without new signing Andrey Arshavin.

Of course the Russian midfielder finally arrived in N5 late on Monday evening, but Wenger had full confidence in his side before the Arshavin deal was finally thrashed out.

Speaking ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday, the Frenchman reiterated his belief in the youthful Arsenal squad, pointing to the results against the other ‘big-four’ clubs as evidence of their talent.

“We have what it takes, without Arshavin, in my opinion,” said the manager. “The team is maturing – it’s a very young team – we have shown that against Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

“This team can compete with anybody.”

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6 Feb 2009