By Chris Harris
Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski will be stronger for their experiences over the past month, according to Arsène Wenger.
Arsenal's goalkeeper situation was the subject of frenzied speculation during the transfer window with Mark Schwarzer heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium.
The move never materialised and Wenger admits that Almunia and Fabianski had to deal with all the uncertainly surrounding the Arsenal No 1 jersey.
However he does not feel sorry for his goalkeepers. Instead the manager believes that Almunia and Fabianski will benefit from the extra pressure they were put under.
"I cannot feel sorry for the players who do play for us," said Wenger. "Part of our job is to deal with competition.
"Almunia has done extremely well and I give a lot of credit to him and Fabianski because they have dealt very well with all the pressure through this period.
"Now they should deal with the situation even better because they know they will play."
Wenger did bring in three players during the transfer window - Marouane Chamakh, Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci - while William Gallas, Sol Campbell and Eduardo were among those who moved on. And the Arsenal manager is happy with his squad.
"My squad is strong enough and I stand up completely for that," said Wenger.
"If it's the goalkeeper, centre forward or central defender who makes a mistake, I will get the blame. I have to accept that as part of my job."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