Arsenal skipper Gallas: We can handle African absences

Arsenal captain William Gallas maintains his squad have enough strength in depth to cover the loss of Kolo Toure during the African Nations Cup - and sees no reason why the club have to spend big during the transfer window.

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The Gunners consolidated their position at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on New Year's Day.

It was the last league fixture before centre-back Toure, winger Emmanuel Eboue and utility man Alex Song head off to Ghana next week with their respective nations for what could be more than a month away.

"I don't really expect us to sign anyone. I think everything is fine," the Arsenal captain said.

"Perhaps if one player does leave then we have to buy, but if that is not the case then I think everything is okay as we are."

Gallas added: "Kolo is very important for the squad because he is very strong. He has good qualities and my relationship with him has been very good.

"But we have good players in the squad and someone else will be able to play.

"If you play for Arsenal you are very good and I hope my relationship with them will be good too.

"We will miss Kolo, but I can only say how much after a few weeks."

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