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The Spaniard insists that the Gunners have the squad depth to cope with the defensive midfielder's departure to Barcelona and calls for patience with the club's new signings

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has insisted that the Gunners will be able to cope without Alex Song following his recent departure to Barcelona

The Cameroon international sealed a £15 million move to the Catalan giants this week, ending a seven-year stay with the north London club.

And, despite speaking glowingly of his partnership with Song, the Spaniard expressed his belief that Arsenal's display in drawing 0-0 with Sunderland showed that they have the depth to overcome his exit.

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"I felt really comfortable when I played with Alex last year, he was a terrific player, but if he and the club decided that the best option was for him to leave we have to accept it," Arteta told the club's official website.

"I think we are good enough to carry on without him. We are looking good. We looked really organised on Saturday, just maybe in the final third we didn't take the chances we should have done." 

New signing Olivier Giroud was guilty of a glaring miss on his Premier League debut as the Gunners were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw but Arteta called for fans to be patient with the club's new faces.

"It will take a while because there have been some new players coming in and we are building a new team," the midfielder continued.

"We have lost some important players too, so we will need some time. We know that our new players can make the difference as well.

"We will have to give them a chance to settle into a new place."



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