Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal's title rivals that his resurgent side are finally strong enough to end the club's 12-year wait to win the English Premier League. Wenger's team inaugurate the newest campaign against West Ham on Sunday and also the mood at the Emirates Stadium will probably be one among unbridled optimism as a direct consequence of your pair of Wembley victories which have been being hailed around north London as being the foundations of your sustained title challenge.
After making a swaggering FA Cup final demolition of Aston Villa at Wembley in May, the Gunners returned towards the English national stadium last weekend to secure a 1-0 victory over Chelsea locally Shield. Even though the eye-catching Cup final performance showcased Arsenal's variety of attacking talent, rrt had been the mature way his players defended the lead against the Premier League champions on Sunday that provided most encouragement to Wenger.
Despite finishing 12 points behind Chelsea in third place last term, Arsenal possess the feel of a team going up and Wenger can be so confident as part of his squad the signing of Petr Cech, the veteran goalkeeper lured across London from Stamford Bridge, was his only major pre-season signing. Asked for the eve in the new season if he feels Arsenal can win the title the first time since 2004, the usually conservative Wenger cast caution on the wind while he said: "I really believe yes, all running smoothly, and us maintaining our game.
"That's crucial as well, that individuals develop that which you do well and don't stand still," Wenger said. "This means we develop our cohesion, our passing. If we are competent to keep the cohesion and also the solidarity we have currently throughout the 38 games, we've a high probability."