Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted to having sleepless nights as the new season looms.
Wenger, who’s in Portugal for a friendly match against Benfica tonight has revealed that the pre-season turbulance is taking its toll as he tries to keep his stars like Fabregás and Nasri and sign news ones to strengthen the squad.
The gunners landed in Portugal yesterday without key players such as Wilshere, Walcott, Fabregás or Nasri.
Wenger stated that all the players were injured with the exception of wantaway skipper Fabregás.
The Arsenal boss maintains that Cesc Fabregás is not on strike despite mystery surrounding the seriousness of his injury as he trained in London yesterday. Fabregás has yet to debut in a pre season game.
Midfielder Gervinho and defender Jenkinson remain Arsenal’s only new faces despite fans wanting to see more signings.
Wenger conceded his team cannot afford any more injuries and hopes to make a least one more signing next week.
“We have had some sleepless nights and we were working non-stop through the summer”.
“The injuries are making things difficult. The season starts next week and then we have a Champions League qualifier.
“We need to qualify and hopefully we won’t have any more injuries from the international matches. We could be hit hard if we lose any more.
“Cesc is not ready to start a game. He has joined the group again. The rest is speculation.
Asked if cynical fans believe Fabregás is injured, Wenger said: “He is not injured. He is coming back from injury and is not ready to play.
“I do not want to speak about the transfer about Fabregás. I love Fabregás and I want him to stay.”
“It is important that we be in the Champions League and it is crucial we give everything to get there” Wenger said.