By Chris Harris
Bacary Sagna will miss Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri - but he believes Arsenal can be successful without them.
Arsène Wenger has signed Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell this summer and bought Ryo into his first team, but the departure of their captain and his former midfield colleague have hogged the headlines.
Sagna is in Italy for the vital Champions League Play-Off where Arsenal will begin life without Nasri. The right back wishes his compatriot well but he still expects the Gunners to challenge for honours.
"We have lost great players and friends in Samir and Cesc but life goes on," said Sagna.
"Arsenal is still alive and I think we are all confident we can win something and be successful. Now we just want to focus on the games we have to play – we just have to play game after game and focus on ourselves.
"I just want to wish them good luck and they wish us good luck as well."
Sagna filled in at left back against Liverpool on Saturday and he could continue there if Armand Traore is not deemed fit enough to start against Udinese. But Arsenal's Mr Reliable is happy to deputise again as the visitors hunt the clean sheet that will book their place in the Group Stage.
"For me it is a great pleasure just to start a game," he said. "The injuries just make me more focused and make me speak even more with other defenders.
"It is a big opportunity for me to learn different positions and play game after game so I do it with pleasure.
"We just want to play the way we are used to and keep a clean sheet of course. We don’t put extra pressure on our team. We know that Udinese have to score so the game will be open and we will try to score goals."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source