Spanish International Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he misses former team-mates Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini following their summer departures from Arsenal to Barcelona and Ac Milan respectively.
The Gunners midfielder has also claimed that the squad at the Emirates Stadium is short on numbers and that the North London side are going to find it tough to win anything this season due to a lack of experience.
The EURO 2008 Winner is also missing Czech International Tomas Rosicky, who has had to sit on the sidelines while he battles back from a long-term knee-injury, with the Spaniard amazed at being the oldest in the Gunners midfield at the age of 21.
“We have a short squad and we are very young,” Fabregas told a press conference.
“Behind me Denilson and [Alexandre] Song play, and they are 20. [Theo] Walcott is 19 and [Samir] Nasri is 21.
“Can you imagine I’m the oldest midfielder? Winning will be tough for us because we are not experienced.
“Last season I scored a lot because I had [Tomas] Rosicky, and [Mathieu] Flamini who used to run all over the pitch.
“[Alexander] Hleb as well, who is like my brother. They have gone now and I feel weird. We are more conservative and strong, but with less touches.”
Despite believing that there is a lack of experience in midfield at the Emirates, Fabregas is in favour of manager Arsene Wenger’s policy of nurturing young talent rather than bring in big-money signings to Arsenal.
Fabregas added: “Arsene Wenger has crystal clears ideas, there aren’t two like him. He doesn’t want to spend money as he prefers to trust youngsters.
“His idea is that Walcott can’t develop if you sign Cristiano [Ronaldo].”