Wenger plotting Arsenal title challenge
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to see his side fighting for the Premier League title this season, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the boss claiming his side are in a much better position than this time last year.
A year ago Arsenal were reeling from the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and the serious injuries suffered by Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere, decimating Wenger’s midfield. This summer Robin van Persie remains at the club even after rejecting a new contract, while Wilshere is expected to be fit again within the first few months of the season after missing the entirety of the last campaign.
Wenger has also been able to bring in the likes of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla well before the start of the season, a start to contrast to the situation 12 months ago when a last-gasp spree in the transfer market saw Park Chu-Young, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Per Mertesacker move to the club with hours - and in some cases, minutes - of the window remaining.
“We want to [compete for honours] and we have a desire to. We are up for it and what we want is to come out of the season and know we have given our best,” Wenger said, adding: “We lost four players at the start of last season and that is not the case this time.”