Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has fired a warning shot to recently crowned champions Chelsea ahead of next season, by insisting the Gunners are determined to end their long wait for a Premier League trophy.
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The Blues clinched the title with a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge last weekend, but despite trailing Jose Mourinho’s side by 13 points, Debuchy believes his side can cut that gap next season and finish above their London rivals:
“I am convinced that we will challenge for the title next season.” he told the Mirror Online.
“Every big club wants to win it, Arsenal is a big club and it is definitely a target for us all.” he stressed.
It has been over a decade since the North London outfit last won the league but they have showed encouraging signs since the turn of the year that they are well placed to compete with the Blues and both Manchester clubs for the title next season.
The Gunners have hit top form in the second half of the season and have won 18 out of their last 22 games in all competitions, including a 2-1 after extra-time win against Championship side Reading to seal a place in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa at the end of the month.
In addition they have all but secured a place in the top-four this season and require four points from their remaining four league games to avoid a Champions League qualifier at the beginning of next year.