Arsene Wenger: Arsenal have had to ‘rebuild’ in the last two seasons

Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal have had to "rebuild" over the last two seasons to cope with the losses of some of their star players

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Arsene Wenger's side travel to QPR on Saturday Photo: Back Page Images

Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal have had to “rebuild” over the last two seasons to cope with the losses of Cesc Fàbregas and Robin van Persie.

The Gunners saw Fàbregas depart for Barcelona in August 2011, the same summer Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri quit the club for Manchester City.

And Van Persie, who won the PFA player of the year award last season, sparked controversy when he left north London for Manchester United in a £24m deal last summer.

Arsenal, who are fourth in the Premier League, have struggled to mount a serious title challenge in recent seasons but Wenger feels that his side are now approaching the end of a transitional period.

“We’ve had to rebuild the team in the last two seasons,” Wenger, whose future has been a source of speculation in recent weeks, told reporters.

“We have moved forward in the second part of this season considerably. Since January, we have become stronger and stronger. That’s important going into next season.”

Asked about his own future after recent reports linked him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Wenger continued: “I want to stay if I do well, if the club consider I do well.

“I want this club to do well. We have gone through a sensitive period but I believe the club is in a good position for the future.

“I do my job with a lot of commitment and a lot of loyalty. I try to do as best as I can for this club.”

Wenger’s side travel to recently-relegated Queens Park Rangers on Saturday looking to keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish.

And the Frenchman admits that it is “compulsory” that the Gunners, who are unbeaten in seven league games, win their remaining three clashes against QPR, Wigan and Newcastle.

“Every game gives you a different problem. Everybody is really focused and wants to do well,” he added.

“It’s compulsory for us to win our games. That’s our focus. We want to continue our strong run.”

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