Last season Arsenal saw their bid to become Premier League champions fade away during the last two months of the season despite spending more than 100 days on top of the league.
Many people put the Gunners' demise down to not just injuries but the lack of depth Arsene Wenger had in his squad relying far too much on French striker Olivier Giroud who played in 51 games for Arsenal last season and looked tired as the campaign was coming to an end.
Hopefully Wenger has remedied the situation a little bit by signing Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina, but a second striker has yet to be signed with just a few weeks still remaining in the transfer window.
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky when speaking to Sky Sports ahead of tomorrow’s Charity Shield clash with Manchester City at Wembley is confident that Arsenal will be challenging for the title again saying:
"Last season we were there [top] for a big period of time. We didn’t make it to the end. We had troubles at the end. We showed last season we are there and now we have some great new players. I think we will be up there at least. It’s our goal to win it.”
The 33-year-old Czech international is entering his ninth season with Arsenal, and insists he never once thought about leaving despite the clubs lack of silverware.
"It is a big club with big ambition and for me it was always worth fighting for it. That’s why I have been here so long. Was I happy that we didn’t win for so long? Of course I wasn’t. I just wanted to stick around and fight for it. This is a club that is worth fighting for.”
Meanwhile Arsenal will be buoyed by the fact that three of their first team players Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are all World Cup winners.