ARSENE Wenger is confident that his young guns will be able to compete for major trophies this season despite claims that his side lacks strength in depth.

The Frenchman is confident however that his young squad can cope with the demands of delivering silverware after three trophyless seasons.

Wenger was merely a spectator on transfer deadline day, as he watched arch rivals Manchester United reinforce their striking options, by purchasing Dimitar Berbatov from Spurs.

He also had to watch Manchester City become the richest club in the world as they were bought out by ADUG. They were very quick to flex their financial muscle, by pinching Robinho from under the noses of Chelsea. A statement which was full of intent from the new Sky Blues owners.

Arsenal sat back however despite the need for new players after letting a string of high profile names leave in the summer. Players such as Alexander Hleb, Matthieu Flamini and Gilberto Silva all departed the north London club over the summer.

In the end Samir Nasri was the only high profile signing the Gunners boss made after he joined from Marseille. But Wenger says he has every faith in his current crop of players, despite a reported bid of £14 million for Líverpool's Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Wenger said: ''The squad can cope with every problem we will face this season. It's more important to look at the quality we have rather than look at outside things.

“It may make headlines but it doesn't win games.''

Despite the talent in the Arsenal squad, a lack of depth could once again cost them this season.