By Chris Harris
 
Arsène Wenger believes his squad is at "the start of a cycle" and will make a natural improvement again this season.
 
The Arsenal manager fielded a volley of questions about potential signings at his press conference on Friday and probably expected nothing less.
 
But Wenger was quick to remind reporters that he chose a different method to team-building a few years back and, as a result of his investment in youth, he expects his players to make a step forward in 2010/11 irrespective of his transfer dealings.
 
"We have to remind ourselves that we decided to go with a very young team three or four years ago and we have developed this team," said Wenger.
 
"I believe that two years ago we were quite far [away from the top of the table] but last year in April we were two points away from the top. Normally we should be closer again because that development is part of a young team.
 
"I know that in England when you do not win the championship it's always about buying but what is important is that we improve individually and as a team because we are a very young team.
 
"We are not a team that is at the end of a cycle, we are at the start of a cycle. So our future will be decided not by who we buy or need but as well by how much we improve."

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