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I will deliver again for Arsenal, vows Arsene Wenger

By Jack Pitt-Brooke

Arsene Wenger last night pleaded with his critics to trust his judgment as he attempts to steer the club through a difficult start to the season.



Injuries, suspensions and departures have shorn Arsenal of many of their leading players ahead of today’s big match with Liverpool at the Emirates.

And while today will see only Arsenal's third competitive match of the season, they are already without Alex Song and Gervinho (suspended) and Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs (injured). Cesc Fabregas has been sold - and not yet replaced - while Samir Nasri, who is available for selection, is close to a move to Manchester City.

But Wenger said: “I believe I have shown in my 15 years here I am capable to make the right decision for the right players.

“You have to trust my judgment - one day somebody else will make the decisions in my place and we will have to trust him.”

Injuries and suspensions will likely force Wenger to start youngsters Emmanuel Frimpong and Carl Jenkinson today.

Today's game will also be Robin van Persie's first since he was appointed permanent captain following Fabregas's departure.

“He loves the club, he's attached to the club,” said Wenger.

“He's a technical leader on the football pitch and he's grown into leader. Robin van Persie speaks his mind with everybody but without bad feelings.”

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