Bacary Sagna believes the Gunners can challenge for the title next season, otherwise he would have left the club already in search of silverware.
The 30-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season but is in talks with the club over a new deal, and he is adamant the current crop of players can show the unity they demonstrated during the tail end of last season for the entire upcoming campaign.
The start of the past two seasons have been tough for the Gunners with key players sold and replacements brought in late. It takes time for a team to gel, however Arsene Wenger’s new look side certainly found a rhythm in the New Year and with some acquisitions this summer Arsenal have the potential to push for the title.
The Gunners are currently fourth favourites to win the Premier League next season, you can bet on the 11/1 odds here as per the details on the extra features from Ladbrokes. United are firm favourites at 2/1, however Sagna feels they can continue their fine form that saw the Gunners become the most in-form team in England’s elite league during their season run-in.
Sagna told reporters according to the Metro:
I truly believe we can be champions or else I wouldn’t be playing football. I would have gone already. I truly believe we can succeed with the team we have. I strongly believe we have the quality to be the best in the Premier League.
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Look at the end of last season, when we got 26 points from a possible 30. Not a lot of teams can do this and this is what makes me believe we can beat anyone.
What we managed last season can be done only by a true team with a great team spirit. I believe we can achieve a lot more.
On some days we can switch off and lose to anyone and to avoid this, we need to take things game by game and stay focused from the beginning to the end.
There are no major things that we ought to do to continue succeeding. I think we just have to stick around as a team, where each one helps out on the pitch, and stay consistent like we did in the second half of the season.
It is incredibly positive to hear someone of Sagna’s stature feel so strongly about the teams potential. He is one of the most senior players and has endured the tough times but has continually stuck it out.
He must be kept this summer to provide competition and mentorship to both Jenkinson and Bellerin who are the right backs for the future.
Wenger must bring in the right players this summer though if he wants the squad to have sufficient depth and quality to compete for the various trophies. Next season must be the end of the trophy drought!