Alex Song feels the African Cup of Nations in January will not adversely affect Arsenal's ambitions.
In the past the Gunners have seen their numbers severely depleted when the cream of Africa meet to do battle.
Losing key men at such a crucial stage of the season can be detrimental to any side, with the New Year not the time to be forced into experimental selections and tactical rethinks.
This time around, though, Arsenal will lose just two players - Cameroon midfielder Song and versatile Ivorian Emmanuel Eboue.
Their situation stands in stark contrast to that of London rivals Chelsea, who are set to part with the likes of Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou.
Song feels the lack of African talent in the Arsenal squad could play into Arsene Wenger's hands, as the Frenchman will still be able to field a fiercely-competitive side.
"It's good because we won't lose too many players," the 22-year-old told skysports.com.
"If you have too many African players it can be difficult. Chelsea have maybe four of them and we have just two and that's not too bad. I think we have the squad to be able to cope with that.
"We have the quality and when we go to the African Cup I am confident Arsenal will do well. Denilson can provide cover (for me). He is injured now but I hope he will be back playing in the next few months." Wenger has said the Brazilian will return to training inside the next two weeks.
Arsenal would have been further hampered had they still had Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure on their books - with the duo sold to free-spending Manchester City over the summer.
Song admits parting with such talent is always difficult, but he believes the Gunners are actually stronger now than they were last season.
He said: "We know we lost two great players in Ade and Kolo, but we now have players like (Thomas) Vermaelen, like Andrey (Arshavin), like Robin (van Persie) and like Cesc (Fabregas), who are really important.
"We felt that when we started the season we had a strong team. We know we lost two great players, but nobody has any regrets.
"When you watch Vermaelen you can see he is very good. We know Kolo did a very good job here, he is a good player, but we are happy to have Vermaelen here now."
Song is also hoping that Fifa will look to address the problematic issue of hosting an international tournament mid-season, with calls already growing for the African Cup of Nations to become a summer event.
"I hope that Fifa can do something, but is very difficult because the summer in Africa is very rainy," he added.
"Maybe we can find a solution, though, because it is very difficult for the clubs to have to release players for a month.
"To have it in January, there are a lot of games then. It is not easy for the clubs, but hopefully they can do something."
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