Arsenal star believes signings will bring title challenge

Santi Cazorla believes that the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy will be enough to ensure that Arsenal can stay in the title race until the bitter end next season.

The Gunners started 2013/14 in terrific form, but a dip after the Christmas period saw them slide away from the pinnacle and into a scrap for fourth spot.

Arsene Wenger’s men led the way for longer than any other side in the Premier League, but are still waiting for a first crown since 2004.

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The nine-year silverware drought at the club was however ended with FA Cup victory at Wembley, and Cazorla believes that this and new arrivals at the Emirates Stadium will ensure that they last the course next time around:

“I have high hopes [for the forthcoming season]. The signing of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy shows that the club is building a team to challenge. Hopefully we can lift at least another trophy this campaign.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“Winning the FA Cup altered the type of pressure we’ll be under this season.

“It unshackled us in a manner of speaking. After so many trophyless years, the tension was getting to the team.

“Last year maybe we didn’t quite have enough strength in depth to win the league.

“We had to deal with injuries to important players, including Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Lukas Podolski, and I had niggling ankle problems.”