Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has described the current Gunners first-team as "the best squad of players since I've been at the club".
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 21, will miss the north London derby against bitter rivals Tottenham on Saturday afternoon because of a groin problem.
Despite the injury problems that have plagued the Gunners all season, Arsenal have won five in a row and lost just once in their last 11 matches.
"Last year we won the FA Cup, and that’s a step forward," he told Sport magazine. "We’d like to be higher up the league, but that’s something we will get better at – and the rest of the season is a good place to start.
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
"It’s going to be a tough uphill climb – there’s no hiding from the fact that Chelsea have a good lead on us and a few others. But I think we have the best squad of players since I’ve been at the club."
Oxlade-Chamberlain also said that his his favourite game for Arsenal was in the 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich last season, while the 6-0 defeat to Chelsea - where he handled on the line but Kieran Gibbs was shown the red card - was his worst.
Alexis Sanchez will also miss the derby because of injury, but Oxlade-Chamberlain says Arsenal's newest star has improved the rest of the team.
"Obviously his goals speak for themselves," added Sanchez. "But his work rate on and off the pitch – we’ve learned a lot from that as a group. It has a knock-on effect, and it brings the best out of you.
"He’s a really good guy. If he could speak fluent English or if I could speak fluent Spanish, I’m sure we’d get on like an absolute house on fire. But we do alright as it is. There is a language barrier. But he’s such a good guy and so expressive, and he doesn’t mind giving it a go, so you almost get his character."
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