Wenger calm over Ade exit
Gunners boss insists club will not suffer from sale of striker
Last Updated: July 19, 2009 7:11pm
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is adamant his club will not suffer from the sale of Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City.
The Togo international has completed his move to Eastlands for a fee reported to be in the region of £25million as City continue their summer spending.
Adebayor's exit has been met by mixed reviews from those connected to Emirates Stadium, with some disgruntled by the forward's perceived lack of commitment while others have voiced concerns that a star player has been allowed to leave.
Wenger, though, insists the Gunners will not suffer and he is confident other key members of his squad will not follow Adebayor out of the club.
"We must trust the players we have. It's a very important season for us and I believe we are in a very strong position," he said.
"Big clubs lose big players. AC Milan have lost Kaka but will go on. Arsenal have lost big players before but we go on.
"We have also had positive messages - players like Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas are staying here.
"I believe we have a strong enough squad to meet the targets we have."
Meanwhile, Wenger admits that at one stage during Tomas Rosicky's rehabilitation he feared the midfielder's career was over.
Hamstring and knee injuries sidelined Rosicky for 18 months as his appearance in yesterday's pre-season friendly against Barnet was his first since January 2008.
Wenger is confident the Czech Republic international will still be the same player and hopes he could be available for the Premier League opener against Everton on 15th August.
"There was a time when I was worried Tomas wouldn't play football again and he felt the same," he said.
"But he had always led a healthy and dedicated life. Mentally he's also very strong.
"Of course you have to ask and hope if he will ever get back to where we want him to be and the answer looks like yes.
"We have to manage him well and prepare him well. If he comes through pre-season well he could start the season."