Jack Wilshere has praised Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's work in the transfer market despite the club's disappointing start to the season.
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After a lengthy period on the sidelines, Wilshere, 20, has returned to a much-changed Arsenal side following the sales of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Robin van Persie.
The likes of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta have been brought in, and Wilshere rates the additions highly - but with the club eighth in the table 11 points behind leaders Manchester United, questions have been raised about the Gunners' strength.
"It is strange because last time I played was with Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Robin van Persie," Wilshere told Arsenal's official website.
"Now there's the likes of Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Mikel Arteta. The boss has done excellently. He's bought well. These players are proper footballers - they understand the game and they've been around.
"You look at someone like Lukas Podolski, he's got over 100 caps for his country. They're top players and it's easy to come into a team where they understand football so well.
"To play with someone like Santi Cazorla is so easy. He understands football, even little things like the pace of the pass he gives you, and his movement is outstanding."