Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is confident that Arsene Wenger's side can mount a genuine Premier League title challenge next term, providing they start the 2015/16 campaign the same way they finished last season.
The Gunners won 19 out of 26 games played since the start of 2015 to secure a third place finish in the table and retain the FA Cup trophy thanks to an emphatic victory over Aston Villa in the Wembley final in May.
However, Welbeck is keen for the team to kick on and push champions Chelsea closer for the domestic crown next year, and he believes that the players need to make sure they avoid a repeat of the slow start made to 2014/15.
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Despite Arsenal's impressive run of form since the turn of the year they still finished a staggering 12 points behind Jose Mourinho's men, meaning their 11-year wait for a Premier League title triumph will go on for another 12 months at least.
But, Welbeck is adamant that the stuttering start this time last year can be avoided as long as the players hit the ground running at the Emirates Stadium when the new season kicks-off in a little over one month's time.
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“Chelsea won the league and credit to them," the former Manchester United marksman is quoted saying by the Daily Mirror. "They were very consistent last season with their performances and results.
“There have been times when they might not have played that well but they’ve still got the results. They’ve got a winning mentality, they just move onto the next game and get those three points.
“With Arsenal, at the start of the season we weren’t getting as many points as we should have and that’s obviously held us back further down the line."
Welbeck added: “We don’t want to set our aims low, we want to be the best we can be. After the run we went on, it shows that we can handle it in the Premier League and keep racking up wins and three points after three points.
“That’s something we want to do and I think that’s something we can look to do again next season. We’re determined to keep on improving and are determined to come back stronger next season.”
The England international still looks back fondly on his debut season in north London after joining Arsenal from the Red Devils on summer deadline day last September.
His late arrival meant Welbeck didn't have much time to get used to his new surroundings, but with a full pre-season behind him with the Gunners, he'll be hoping to contribute even more next term.
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