Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned the other Premiership clubs that his team is hungry for success and ready to build on last season’s FA Cup trophy.
Having already signed Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and France right-back Mathieu Debuchy Wenger is still looking forward to more additions before the Gunners take on Manchester City in the Charity Shield at Wembley on August 10th.
While speaking to Sky Sports Wenger said: “We have the ambition, we have the desire, and we should have the confidence from last season – so we have a good basis. It’s now up to us to make sure we have the right attitude and the right hunger to go for more.”
“In the Premier League (last season) we were not far away, we got 79 points and with what happened to us with injuries, I feel that we did quite well.
“On top of that we won the FA Cup so I think it’s a good platform to go for more.
“But in the Premier League everybody tries to improve the team and it’s very difficult to predict what will happen this year.
“What we can be sure about and what we can make certain of is that we are ready for a fight and we are better than last season – that’s our target.”
Wenger is especially delighted to have managed to add Sanchez to his squad, saying. “He can play through the middle, he can play on both flanks and he has the qualities that I think are needed in England.
“He is efficient, the fact that he is good off the ball, runs at people with the ball and he’s a very versatile striker.
“That is why he is a major signing for us [and] that’s why we spend a lot of money on him – he has the quality to be efficient everywhere he plays.”
When asked about how Walcott was doing Wenger said: “Theo has worked very hard during the summer and we expect him to be back in full training at the end of August.
“Once he’s back in full training, it (his return) can be very quick. Theo has a good basis, which is what he’s working on now.”