Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are finally in a position to win the Premier League title. The Gunners have won seven games on the bounce and look like they could go the distance this season.
Arsenal haven’t won the title since 2004 but Wenger – who has described the Premier League as a ‘jungle’ – believes this team is finally ready to end that drought.
“We are consistent at the moment and I feel there is more to come out from our team,’ Wenger said at his pre-Middlesbrough press conference on Friday.
‘The confidence is there because we have been consistent and overall, the desire to do well, the hunger to do well is there. We have to maintain that.
‘We have the squad and we have to show that we have the quality. To maintain that in the team for 10 months will depend on the players, on me and also on injuries.
‘We finished second last second, so even if we were disappointed, it was not disastrous. We have to give credit to Leicester as they only lost three games, and that’s why they finished first.
‘Of course we want to do better and we have learnt a lot from last season. If you look at the results after January from last season, we have improved a lot and our results have been quite consistent.
Arsenal’s next fight on their quest for Premier League glory comes on Saturday against a Middlesbrough side who have won just one of their eight matches.
Wenger, though, is not taking the test lightly and believes Aitor Karanka’s side have the ability to cause problems.
We live in a jungle where everyone wants to eat you and you have to keep vigilant to survive, he said. ‘We fight every day to survive. That’s what competition is about.
‘If you look at the quality of [Middlesbrough’s] games away from home, they have done quite well.
‘At home they were a bit unlucky but away from home they have done extremely well, they play, they are not afraid to take responsibilities in their game and they are a team who is good going forward and looks like they can score goals. We will need a good defensive performance.