Arsène Wenger has responded to George Graham's claims that the current Arsenal squad lacks experience and leadership.

The former Arsenal manager blames his old club's poor run of results on the summer departure of established stars Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole and Robert Pires.

Wenger disagrees. The Frenchman explained why at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

"Frankly it's very difficult to say Dennis Bergkamp was in his prime at 37 years of age. Pires was 33, who else did we lose?

"Campbell wanted to go abroad, and Ashley Cole wanted to go to Chelsea - what can I do about it? I don't deny that we lost world-class players but I believe we have replaced them with world-class players.

"These players are very young. We made a choice when we built the stadium to build a new team and sometimes you struggle a little bit when you move into a new stadium.

"Sometimes it takes a little bit of time for the players to develop but I'm very confident they will be great players."

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1 Dec 2006