Arsene Wenger is keen to prove Arsenal have what it takes to win next year’s Premier League by maintaining a strong end to the current campaign at home to Swansea City on Monday.
Arsenal remain locked in a battle for second place with Manchester City, but any hopes of reeling in leaders Chelsea were ended last weekend when the Stamford Bridge outfit clinched the trophy.
Nevertheless, Wenger’s men are on a 10-match unbeaten run in the league – winning nine of those – and are keen to continue demonstrating their title credentials.
“We feel we have made progress in our consistency, our quality and our stability,” Wenger is quoted as saying by Arsenal.com. “That is what we want to continue and I believe it is important to finish as close as possible to Chelsea and come out of the season and think we are ready to challenge next season.
“It is difficult to know how strong every team will be next year but you gain as well your confidence from what you have achieved the year before and how you have moved forward. That is why it is very important that we continue to be consistent until the end of the season.”
Meanwhile, ARSENAL skipper Per Mertesacker is determined to continue their fine run as they chase a Champions League spot next season.
Arsenal have won nine and drawn one of their last 10 games as they chase their highest finish in a decade.
And Mertesacker is determined to acheive their European place as well as keep momentum going into the FA Cup final.
“The championship has gone now. Chelsea deserve to win it,” Mertesacker said.
“The second spot is open and we’re one contender for that. To avoid the fourth spot is a target.
“To focus on the next game is the most important thing, but when you look forward to the FA Cup final you want that momentum and that strong run going until the last day of the campaign.
“We are in a really good mood. The atmosphere’s great at the minute. We’re on a winning run and we’ll try to continue that.
“Swansea have done so well this season. When we went to Swansea we lost there. We need to improve our game.”