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Arsenal's "new" signings beat transfer window

The Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood said yesterday that the club could not compete with their big-spending Premier League rivals, but declared that Arsene Wenger's side still had a good chance of winning the title.

Two players on the way back, from the Physio table, sooner than first expected are Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna and will bolster the talented squad.

Wilshere could well return to action before the end of the month and the 20-year-old is preparing to train with a football again after a nightmare 13 month spell on the side lines due to ankle, foot and knee injuries.

Sagna could also return to training by the end of the month, the right-back broke his leg on the final day of last season against Norwich and has spent the summer months attempting to maintain his fitness while being unable to train properly.

Hill-Wood explains "We're very ambitious and want to win but, if you don't have billions of petro-dollars to throw around, you're going to have to do it some other way," he said. "Arsene has money to spend but there’s a limit. We can't spend £50m on one player.

"That annoys a lot of people but clubs have to be sustainable. We're not going to go bankrupt in the way one or two other well known clubs have."

Arsenal impressed against Liverpool last weekend at Anfield winning 2-0 but without depth in Wenger's squad winning the Premier League is a long way off. At least the two "new" signings are a welcome boost.

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