Bacary Sagna has joined Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta in calling for the club to sign new players this summer.
The right back spoke about his personal ambitions for the new season, but insisted that new arrivals are necessary for Arsenal to compete this season.
Speaking to the Guardian, he said, “I believe that we can challenge for the title with a couple of good signings. We beat great teams last year, we managed to be one of the best teams in the second half of the season and if we can be consistent for the whole season, I believe we can be successful.
“Every team is strengthening and we can strengthen, too, but it’s more about us caring on the pitch and showing the commitment. That will take us a long way.”
Meanwhile, Sagna reaffirmed his commitment to the club despite rumours he’d leave this summer. He still has just one year left on his contract, but is hoping a good pre-season will see him back to his best after a campaign during which he struggled to cope with the effects of two broken legs.
“Last season was difficult. I only had one year left and people were looking at that and maybe thinking I would leave. But I tried to stay as calm as I could. Now I will work hard in pre-season and have a good season for Arsenal.
“It’s been very difficult for me physically. I was out for four months. I went out to Qatar to do my rehab, then I came back and had to start all over again. It was not easy because the injuries take a lot from you.
“But I’m looking forward to coming back, being at my best and helping the team again. I’m looking forward to the new season and a new start.”