Arsene Wenger has backed Mikel Arteta to guide Arsenal to the Premier League title following his impressive start to life at the Emirates.
Arsenal – who have not won the league title since Wenger’s famed ‘Invincibles’ side 16 years ago – have made a positive start to the season with three wins from their opening four league fixtures, the north London side continuing to demonstrate progress under the stewardship of former club captain Arteta.
Last season’s FA Cup success has raised optimism that further silverware could follow in the coming seasons and the Gunners have moved to strengthen their squad this summer, the signings of Willian, Gabriel and Thomas Partey adding to a squad eyeing a top-four finish and Champions League qualification this term.
Wenger admits he has been surprised by the club’s level of investment in recent windows, but ahead of this weekend’s huge clash against Manchester City at the Etihad, believes the additions have given Arteta a squad capable of winning the Premier League this season.
“I genuinely believe yes, because he looks to have a good grip on the team,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“They follow well, they are with him. We have bought well, spent a lot of money in the last two years. Suddenly we discovered huge resources – that was quite surprising.
“I think he has the quantity and quality of players, yes we can go for it. Why not?”