By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger says his side are “focused and confident” with the start of the new Premier League season now less than a week away.

Arsenal ended their pre-season programme with a 2-1 defeat against Benfica on Saturday but the manager insists his squad will remain positive ahead of Saturday’s opener against Newcastle.

“We have to stay focused and confident,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.

“I don’t think there is any reason to have a bad mood. All we can do is prepare well.”

Wenger has already added Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson to his squad over the summer and the manager admits he still in the market for new additions.

“Yes,” he said. “We will [be in the market for new players before the season starts].”

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