After facing perhaps the most difficult season of his tenure at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger is insisting his side finally realise their potential and will end their trophy drought this season.
After losing the Carling Cup final to Birmingham City, the Gunners' season fell apart within a matter of weeks, as they crashed out of the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Barclays Premier League title race.
Seemingly happy in the past to see his young players grow into the first team, Wenger now believes his squad are ready to fulfil their potential.
"The last part of (last season) was the toughest of my career, emotionally, it was very difficult because we were on a low, and then you could see, the last three or four weeks were very difficult," Wenger said.
"It was because I took full responsibility for what happened. I knew at some stage that it was lost and I had so much hope for the team. Through November and December, you could feel that the team had really taken off and could win everything.
"We feel we were very close to winning the championship, and part of a young team's development is to carry on developing and win a trophy this year.
"I believe the real destiny of this team is now there. They know as well as I know that we were very, very close.
"You can say, 'okay, we missed our chance' or you say, 'let's show everybody that we can do it and come back stronger', which is what I think we can do because we are a young team and we can only be better.
"It demands the strength of character that the champions have. That's what we want to show."
Wenger has seen rumours over the futures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas disrupt Arsenal's pre-season preparations.
Nasri is out of contract next summer, but is yet to agree a new deal with the Gunners, while captain Fabregas has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona despite having three years remaining on his eight-year contract he signed in 2006.
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