"We had [Theo] Walcott and [Nicklas] Bendtner making big strides forward, and Eduardo was on form then and Adebayor on top form too. Overall when he is on fire, he scores in every game.
"I thought van Persie would be back shortly, and also did not expect to lose Rosicky for so long either."
Wenger maintained: "You have to keep the balance right between having competition in the squad, and having too many players. The squad did not look light at any time."