Mesut Ozil has firmly set his sights on more silverware with Arsenal next season and believes the key success will depend on keeping the squad fully fit.
The Gunners saw their title hopes all but go up in smoke by the beginning of October after registering just two wins from their opening eight Barclays Premier League games.
Meanwhile in Europe they crashed out surprisingly at the hands of Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco at the last-16 stage as a poor first-leg showing was the downfall en route to being eliminated on the away goals rule.
It is no secret that injuries to the likes of Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud for large parts of the season had an impact on hopes of challenging in the league and abroad.
Once all had returned to full fitness at the start of the year, the Gunners strung together an eight-game winning streak in the league to emerge as unlikely contenders for the title and Ozil believes they can go one better next season:
“We had bad luck with injuries this season but next season we can win the Premier League and go further in the Champions League,” the World Cup winner said in an interview with German publication Kicker [via Guardian Sport].
The 26-year-old helped Arsenal secure back-to-back FA Cup triumphs as he played a key role in the 4-0 win against Aston Villa in the final last month.
In addition he appears to have settled to life in England and will be key to any hopes of a title challenge next season.