Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident the young players he has at the club will be capable of performing accordingly in the sides push for League and European glory this coming season.
The Frenchman said: “We are still working on improving our squad but we have a base of young players who get a chance here and who started in the Premier League, such as (Wojciech) Szczesny, (Carl) Jenkinson, (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain, (Jack) Wilshere, (Aaron) Ramsey, (Theo) Walcott – that is unique, nobody else has done that.”
With the likes of Jenkinson pushing more experienced players like Bacary Sagna for a starting place, competition is also healthy at the club. And if Wenger does make additions in regards to the improvements he refers to, a push for the title might not be beyond the realms of possibility. However he will want to succeed in some of his transfer pursuits.
Top of that list of potential recruits who Arsenal have taken many by surprise this summer with their financial muscle, is current Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Their approach for the Uruguayan was not expected but none the less appears perfectly serious.
If the north London club are successful in pursuing the talented front man, it would prove a serious coup for Wenger. That aside, it would also prove just how serious their title credentials are and would also aide a genuine push through the Champions League.
If they do sign Suarez they would be hampering Liverpool’s chances of further progress and if Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid does go through, Arsenal would feel they have a real chance to pull away from the chasing pack and maintain the pace with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
But Wenger was clear in the faith he has in the young players at his disposal, saying: “These players can have a special bond and they are on the way upwards, they are not over the hill.
“They will be better next year and that is why I am confident we will be stronger next season.
The Arsenal supremo is also happy on reflecting how his team closed out the end of the 2012-13 season as well as stating his satisfaction at his teams pre-season preparations as well as the fact that his squad hasn’t been fractured by players leaving: “We had a fantastic end to the season because we won eight of our last 10 (league) games.
“We have had a good pre-season and for the first time in recent seasons we have not sold any player.”