Top four place not enough for Gunners stopper

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has backed his teammates to come good this season and win the Barclays Premier League title, despite their poor showing in the Emirates Cup at the weekend.

The 21-year-old stopper insists that nothing should be read into the fact that the Gunners failed to defend their own tournament trophy, and warned rivals that writing Arsenal off is at their own peril.

Arsene Wenger's philosophy of playing attractive, free-flowing football wasn’t enough against Boca Juniors on Saturday, and the Gunners were later pegged back by eventual winners New York Red Bulls to draw 1-1 on Sunday.

"It was disappointing," admitted Szczesny. "We want to make sure we see games out. But it was only a friendly and we believe we will do better.

"I see it that we are Arsenal Football Club and we should do our best to win the Premier League, not just fight for a top four place."


After completing the signing of Ivorian international forward Gervinho from Ligue 1 side Lille for a fee in the region of £11.5million, Wenger's reluctance to delve deeper into the transfer market has come into criticism, as the likes of Manchester United, neighbours City and Liverpool continue to strengthen.

The only other summer arrival at the Emirates Stadium so far is inexperienced youngster Carl Jenkinson who arrived from Charlton, but Szczesny is confident that the current squad is good enough to end the club's six-year spell without a trophy.

"We'll go into the new season with confidence," he continued. "If the boss decides to add one or two players then fair enough. But I believe the squad he has is good enough to win the Premier League."

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