Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is confident that his side can stay in contention till the end for the Premier League title this season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Gunners finished second last season behind surprise champions Leicester City and Wenger, whose team will look to extend their winning streak to eight games when they host Middlesbrough on Saturday, says there's a lot more to come from the Gunners.
"We've been consistent at the moment and there is more to come from our team. The confidence is there and the desire and hunger to do well and we have to maintain that," the Frenchman said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
"We have the squad, yes, and we have to show the quality to maintain the energy in the team for 10 months. It depends on the players, on me, and on injuries.
"We finished second last year, and even if we were disappointed, it was not a disastrous season. You have to give credit to Leicester, they only lost three games and were on top. But we have improved a lot and our results have been consistent."
Wenger however urged his defence line to be wary of Aitor Karanka's team.
"Away from home they have done extremely well, they are not afraid to take responsibility in their game," he added.
"They are a team that is good going forward and looks like they can score goals and we need a good defence performance.
"Our centre-half partnership has worked well, maybe quicker than thought and we have some big games coming up."
Wenger also expressed shock at Manchester City's dip in form.
The current EPL leaders have failed to win a game in their last four in all competitions.
"I believe Manchester City is a fine team and will challenge for the Premier League," says Wenger. "They have had less wins recently but they are still one of the sides to beat if you want to win the league."
On why Arsenal have picked up fewer injuries than in previous seasons, Wenger adds: "I believe we have improved in muscular injuries in the last two or three years. Last year we were unlucky in the injuries that we got, but on the muscular front we have done much better."Watch The Premier League Live!! with EXPRESSVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN