New Arsenal forward Gervinho maintains the club will move on should they not be able to keep hold of captain Cesc Fabregas and contract rebel Samir Nasri.
Fabregas, who has been continually linked with a move to Barcelona, missed Arsenal’s tour of Asia as he worked on his fitness because of a niggling hamstring injury, and could also sit out Saturday’s friendly in Cologne.
Nasri, meanwhile, has yet to agree terms on a new deal, with Manchester City one of several suitors for the £20 million-rated France midfielder.
While there are set to be plenty more developments over the closing six weeks of the summer transfer window, Gervinho, who has now completed his £11 million move from Lille, insists whatever happens life at Arsenal will go on.
”It is football, everything moves quickly,” Gervinho said. ”If the club does not manage to keep these players, they will be able to replace them.”
Gervinho added: ”Arsenal will always remain a large club. No-one knows what will happen in the future, maybe in a year or two Arsenal will win titles.”
With all of their rivals strengthening during the summer, Arsene Wenger’s young Gunners will again face a stern test of their top-four credentials. However, defender Johan Djourou is up for the battle.
He said: ”You have to fight and that’s what makes the English league so good to watch because there is competition. We know there are favourites, but there are outside teams who can make trouble.
”As players we have to be on our toes, but I think Arsenal is still on top because even if I look at last season, the problem before was that we couldn’t beat the biggest teams but last season we didn’t have any problem with that.
”So I think we just need to get those little things right and it will be great for us.”