Mertesacker believes Gunners are ready to challenge

Defender Per Mertesacker has said that Arsenal are ready to compete for major trophies next season, reports ESPN, and end an eight year barren spell stretching back to 2005, when they won the FA Cup.

Arsenal ended last season impressively, losing just one of their last 16 matches to eventually edge out rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race for a top four finish, securing yet another season in the Champions League. Despite that, they never challenged for the title, and they lost to lower league opposition in both the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup.

Arsene Wenger is looking to add the necessary quality to improve the club’s standing, with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain reportedly close to signing, and speculation concerning a move for Luis Suarez, who looks set to leave Liverpool. Wayne Rooney has also been linked.

And 28-year-old Mertesacker told the Daily Mail that Arsenal are not looking to sell any key players, after the departures of Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alexandre Song and Robin van Persie in recent years.

He said: “I would say that consistency is the most important thing. If we can do that then we should be challenging for trophies and titles. We haven’t sold any players yet so we are coming from a good base at the moment, we’re at a good level and no-one is leaving at the moment. Maybe someone will come and strengthen our squad so it’s in a better position than last summer when we lost two important players.”

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