Tuesday 25 October 2016

Wenger: Everything's in place to win the title

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have everything in place to win their first Premier League title in more than a decade - playing down talk of a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The Gunners have enjoyed a strong pre-season campaign which culminated in a 1-0 Community Shield victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

Petr Cech is the only summer arrival at north London this summer, but despite Thierry Henry's suggestion that they need a striker in Benzema's class to compete in the title race, Wenger said he believes his current squad is good enough to bridge what was a 12-point gap to Chelsea last season.

Asked if he feels his squad can with the title, Wenger, speaking ahead of his side's opener against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow, said: "I believe yes, all going well, and us maintaining our game.

"That's important as well - that we develop what we do well and do not stand still.

"That means we develop our cohesion, our passing game. If we are capable to keep the cohesion and the solidarity we have at the moment through the 38 games, we have a good chance."

When he was asked about ongoing speculation regarding France striker Benzema, Wenger (left) added: "It is just media talk.

"At the moment we have no (Alexis) Sanchez, no (Danny) Welbeck, and when these players come back we feel we have the needed striking force. But we do not rule it out if something exceptional comes up to do it."

Wenger conceded that Chelsea will start as the title favourites, but the Frenchman highlighted the importance of a strong opening to their campaign after last season's stuttering start. "Chelsea won it by a margin last year so they are the favourites," he said. "After that let's see how it goes. After 15 games you will know more about that."

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