Per Mertesacker believes Arsenal's flurry of transfer activity ensures they are equipped to improve on last season.

Spain attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla became the latest new arrival at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday after completing a £16million move from Malaga. He joins strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, who signed earlier in the summer.

The trio have given Arsenal supporters renewed optimism that they may challenge for silverware following seven barren years and Mertesacker insists they are now in a strong position. "I think we have a better situation than last year," the German centre-back told Arsenal Player.

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