Search

Wenger: Arsenal are much stronger this season

11:52 13 August 2012

Arsene Wenger is optimistic ahead of the new season. Picture: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Arsene Wenger is optimistic ahead of the new season. Picture: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his title rivals that the Gunners are “up for it” this season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has fired a warning at his Premier League rivals, saying Arsenal are stronger than last season and targeting trophies.

The Gunners ended their pre-season with a 4-0 win at Cologne yesterday, where summer signing Lukas Podolski grabbed a brace and fellow new boys Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud also impressed.

Manchester United are desperate to take unsettled striker Robin van Persie to Old Trafford but Wenger insists his side are well placed to launch their title challenge.

“We want to [compete for honours] and we have a desire to. We are up for it and what we want is to come out of the season and know we have given our best,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.

“I feel we did that last year, finishing third with the start we had.

“The first target is to do as well as we can in every single game and see where we stand at the end of the season, but of course we want to fight for the championship.”

Wenger added: “We are in a much stronger position now because last summer we lost [Samir] Nasri and [Cesc] Fabregas, and on top of that we lost [Abou] Diaby and Wilshere [to injury].

“We lost four players at the start of last season and that is not the case this time.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Islington Sports News

Yesterday, 11:43

John Ryder admits his career will be at a dead end unless he launches his switch to super-middleweight with a victory next month.

Yesterday, 07:25

Charlie Heatley notched a hat-trick as Mile End cruised into the fourth round of the Jack Walpole Cup by walloping Hacimac 6-0.

Yesterday, 07:10

It’s often the case that punters see one side holding home advantage against longer-priced opponents and automatically place bets on what they perceive to be an easy home victory, without taking into account the visitors’ form or other factors, such as their readiness to scrap for a point.

Wed, 17:00

A group of Islington BC youngsters were given first use of the new facilities in the revamped gym at neighbouring Lion ABC, Hoxton.

Wed, 16:05

Pro Touch Soccer Academy youngster Haru Maitani has signed schoolboy professional forms with Fulham’s Under-10 side.

Wed, 11:59

Islington side Access2Sports Under-12s are eager to develop a local rivalry with Torriano Tigers following their convincing 48-2 victory against the Community Basketball League debutants.

Mon, 07:16

Midway through a hard-fought first half at the Liberty Stadium a rainbow appeared. Not just any rainbow, one of those glorious technicolour efforts which make you feel warm inside.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Arsene Wenger played down reports of a bust-up with Arsenal’s in-form forward Alexis Sanchez during his side’s impressive 4-0 win at Swansea City.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now