Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will be one of a cluster of clubs challenging for the Premier League title this season after spending 128 days at the top of the table last time out.
Believing his reinforced side can take heart from last season, the Frenchman pinpointed a need for greater consistency against the top sides against whom the Gunners all too regularly got a bottom-spanking.
Speaking to media at London Colney ahead of tomorrow’s opening game of the season, Wenger reflected:
“You have six or seven teams. You have the top four and then you have Man United and Everton; how well will Tottenham respond? I don’t know. But Everton was very dangerous last year as well and they could be candidates.
“I believe we have a chance because we were a long time top of the league last year. It is difficult to know how much better the other teams will be. We have some challenges that we did not face well last year.
“That means we have to take more points from the top teams, that will be our real challenge this year and also keep the consistency against the teams who do not fight for the championship.
“We finished fourth and made 79 points. Man City won it with 86, so it was very tight in the top four, that [difference] is one or two games. If you win against them, they have three points less and you have three points more, that means it is down to one game.”
The boss also underliend that he’s still open to doing more business before the close of the transfer window. Admitting his squad is lacking numbers in some areas he still took time to stress that he’s pleased with his summer signings and the overall depth of the squad.
“I’m happy with the players I signed, with their quality and their attitude,” he continiued.
“There hasn’t been a massive change but we signed Debuchy, Sanchez, Ospina and Chambers, all of them have integrated well mentally into the team.
“We are not destabilised and I feel it’s a strong reinforcement of our squad. Will I still do something? I don’t rule it out. Our finances are still healthy but we want to go through in the Champions League group stages to do that.
“Number-wise we are maybe a little short in some areas of the game but the depth of the squad is very good.
“Up front we have plenty of candidates. Joel Campbell has joined us again, plus the new signings, while Walcott is coming back at the end of the month. So if you look at the number of players we have up front, we have unbelievable strength.”
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