Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes the club are capable of mounting a title challenge this season.
Spaniard Arteta, who joined Arsenal from Premier League rivals Everton in August 2011, accepts the playing squad was simply not good enough to challenge the might of eventual champions Manchester United last year, but believes things could be very different for the Gunners this season.
"Last year, this squad wasn't good enough to challenge for the league - we ended up too far behind Manchester United," he told The Sun.
"We suffered a lot of injuries in the last few years and couldn't always put out a consistent team for 10 or 15 games in a row."
Arsenal's recent misfortune with injures - indeed Arteta himself is scheduled to miss the first six weeks of the new campaign with a troublesome thigh problem - have seen a number of fans become particularly anxious over a lack of new arrivals at the Emirates Stadium this summer.
But Arteta, who has been an influential member of Arsenal's midfield in recent seasons, is in no doubt that his manager Arsene Wenger will add to his squad before the transfer window slams shut on September 2.
"I'm convinced there will be signings this summer," he continued. "We already have a very strong team - and if we get new faces they will be welcome.
"You all know Arsene Wenger - and I can tell you he's not happy to just finish in the top four. When you get to a stage in the season where you are 12 or 15 points behind the leaders, you have to be realistic and admit you can't catch up.
"That's when the target becomes qualifying for the Champions League again. But at the start of the season, the only aim of the club, the manager and the players, is to win the league.
"It's normal that the fans get frustrated - when you play for Arsenal you demand to win trophies every season - and we haven't done that for eight years."
Arsenal begin the 2013/14 season with a home fixture against Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on Saturday.
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