Arsene Wenger believes that his Gunners are strong enough to clinch the English Premier League after mor than a decade.
Gunners had a brilliant pre-season winning both Barclays Asia Trophy and Emirates Cup and had a huge boost winning the FA Community shield held on 1st August against arch rivals Chelsea with a 1-0 score line thanks to a header from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
According to many football fans and pundits, Arsenal lack a good center forward to challenge for the title this season.
Arsenal legend and current Sky Sports pundit Thiery Henry suggested that Arsenal need a striker of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema to give a proper title challenge.
But Arsene Wenger insisted that his current squad is good enough to bridge what was a 12-point gap to Chelsea last season.
Asked if he feels his squad can with the title, Wenger, speaking ahead of his side’s opener against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, said: “I believe yes, all going well, and us maintaining our game.”
“That’s important as well – that we develop what we do well and do not stand still.”
“That means we develop our cohesion, our passing game. If we are capable to keep the cohesion and the solidarity we have at the moment through the 38 games, we have a good chance.”
When he was asked about ongoing speculation regarding France striker Karim Benzema, Wenger added: “It is just media talk.”
“At the moment we have no (Alexis) Sanchez, no (Danny) Welbeck, and when these players come back we feel we have the needed striking force. But we do not rule it out if something exceptional comes up to do it.”
Wenger admitted that Chelsea will start as the title favourites yet again, but the Frenchman highlighted the importance of a strong opening to their campaign after last season’s stuttering start. “Chelsea won it by a margin last year so they are the favourites,” he said.
“After that let’s see how it goes. After 15 games you will know more about that.”
“Last year after 12 games we were 15 points behind Chelsea, and in the next 26 we took 58 points and Chelsea 55, so that means we missed our start to the season because it was after the World Cup. So let’s start strong this season and I believe we have the needed ingredients.”