Arsene Wenger Insists Current Arsenal Squad Good Enough to Challenge for Premier League Title

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Frenchman is confident Gunners will be a force to be reckoned with in the new campaign. 

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Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has claimed that the north London club are strong enough to compete for the Premier League title next season even if they are unsuccessful in their long-running pursuit of wantaway Liverpool front man Luis Suarez, reports the Daily Mail.

The Gunners have so far been very quiet in the summer transfer market, with the only new arrival at the Emirates being France Under-21 international front man Yaya Sanogo, who was signed from Ligue 1 outfit Auxerre at the start of this month.

However, as yet the expected flurry of big-money arrivals to the capital have been conspicuous by their absence, despite the Frenchman reportedly being armed with a transfer war chest of £70 million in the close season.

The Gunners have, though, lodged two club-record bids with Premier League rivals Liverpool for their coveted Uruguay international, both of which were flatly rejected by the Merseyside giants, although the second offer worth £40m plus £1 was enough to activate the release clause in Suarez’s current contract at Anfield.

But with Liverpool so far refusing to do business with Arsenal over the sale of their 26-year-old forward, who has recorded an eye-catching 51 goals and 24 assists in just 96 matches for the Reds, there now remains the very real possibility that Arsenal will not sign any big-name players this summer.

That prospect, however, does not worry Wenger, who claimed: “We are still working on improving our squad but we have a basis of young players who are getting a chance here – players who started in the Premier League like Wojciech Szczesny, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott.

“No-one else has done that. Look at our competitors. Who has started for them in the Premier League in the last 10 years?

“I believe all of those players have a special bond and are on the way up. They will be better next year and that’s why I’m confident we will be stronger next season.

“It gives me a slight advantage because I know my squad well. It will take my rivals some time to know theirs, except Jose Mourinho, who knows some of his from before.

“But we should focus on our strengths rather than expect any weakness from the others.

“It is important to have strong start and raise belief. Last season when we lost Robin van Persie we had a sceptical environment around the club. We need the crowd to be behind the team.”

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