Arsenal new boy Petr Cech may have won the Premier League title with Chelsea last season, but the goalkeeper is now targeting a second in a row with his new club and believes they’re well equipped for the task (via BBC).
The summer signing believes Arsenal are now in the perfect place to launch an assault on the title following their 2-1 win over Manchester City last Monday night at the Emirates.
The win keeps the Gunners in second place, just two points behind shock league leaders Leicester City.
“The squad is very strong and once we have everybody available, the manager can use every player the way he likes,” the 33-year-old told BBC’s Football Focus.
“That will be to our advantage and we’ll be able to go all the way.”
Last season Arsenal managed to win the FA Cup, but finished third in the league, 12 points behind Cech’s former club Chelsea. The last time Arsenal managed to win the Premier League title was with “The Invincibles” during the 2003-2004 campaign, a season famous for the Gunners winning the league without losing a single game.
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The Premier League has of course come a long way since then when it was just a handful of the bigger clubs competing for the title. Today, thanks in part to foreign ownership and the massive amount of money global television rights bring in, the playing field is much more level than it has ever been.
This season Arsenal have been strong in patches while having to deal with a host of injury problems, with Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Alexis Sanchez all currently side-lined.
Cech however feels that the clubs form, only losing once in the last 11 Premier League games (via Whoscored), shows the strength the squad has and it can only improve as players return to full-fitness.
“We’ve been through the season with plenty of problems,” Cech continued.
“Everything isn’t going as smoothly as we would like it to. We can’t avoid injuries – sometimes you have more, sometimes you have less – but we showed that even with the unlucky injuries at the moment that we manage to win games.
“I believe we will benefit from players coming back into the team, once they are fit.
“The season is long and anything can happen. But if we stay where we are until March or April, then we have the chance to win the league.”
Cech has been a revelation for Arsenal since his move from Chelsea last summer, and will go a long way in convincing the other members of his team that they have what it takes to be champions.
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