Arsenal's Spanish midfield ace Cesc Fabregas has voiced his concern at the lack of experienced performers in the Gunners' midfield engine room.
Fabregas believes that the exits of Mathieu Flamini and Alexander Hleb and the continuing absence of Tomas Rosicky due to injury has denied his side of some much-needed know-how.
He told reporters: "Our squad is a bit short on numbers and we are very young.
"Behind me there is Denilson, who is 20, or Alex Song who is 21. Theo Walcott is 19 and Samir Nasri 21. It's hard to imagine a midfield where I am the oldest member.
"We find it very hard to win matches, as we do not possess enough experience.
"I scored 13 goals last season, but then I had plenty of allies. Tomas Rosicky was around, Mathieu Flamini covered every blade of grass and Alexander Hleb was like a brother to me out there.
"The team played with a lot of skilful touches, we were as solid as a brick wall and our opponents would not get a look in.
"Now none of those players are in the side and I feel like a rare being. We are more defensive-minded and sturdy as a team, but we don't play so much skilful stuff."
Meanwhile, Fabregas could face a spell on the sidelines after suffering a suspected broken nose in Spain's 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Belgium on Wednesday evening.