Cesc Fabregas admits it was a blow to see Ashley Cole and Jose Antonio Reyes leave Arsenal, but feels the captures of Julio Baptista and William Gallas have beefed up Arsene Wenger's options.
The Gunners were active players in the final week of the transfer window, as Cole and Reyes departed for Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively, with Gallas and Baptista heading in the opposite direction.
Midfield warhorse Fabregas feels The Gunners could struggle for options on the left-hand side having sold Cole and let Reyes leave on loan, but is happy to see quality faces arrive.
"It is a blow because they are two good left-footed players and right now we don't have any left-footed players," Fabregas told Sky Sports News.
"For me they are an important loss, Ashley Cole has been at the club a long time and I have always thought Reyes was a good player.
"It was his decision to go to Real Madrid. He is happy and you have to accept that.
"It is true that we were maybe a bit short, but Gallas can play every position at the back and Baptista can play striker and midfield."
Fabregas was linked with a summer move to Real, having flourished under Wenger's guidance last term, and although confirming there was interest, he had no intention of leaving North London.
"I have always been happy here, I have shown everyone that," he declared. "It is true they were interested, but there is nothing to say.
"I am really happy and there is no better place to be for me right now."