Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Arsenal’s new-look squad have what it takes to challenge for honours but he admits the first aim is qualifying for the Champions League again.
The recruitment of Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz has seen key positions strengthened and, after last season’s disappointment, bolstered the mood around the club both in the dressing room and on the terraces.
Ahead of Saturday’s game with European champions Liverpool, Auba, who has started the new campaign with goals against Newcastle and Burnley, is now expecting the squad to close the gap on the top four.
“I think as I said earlier we have made good signings, that will help us,” he told Canal+.
“Last season, we were not far away from qualifying for the Champions’ League.
“Whatever happens, that is the most important thing, the most important aim for us. To be back in the Champions’ League.
“Aside from that, to fight for the title, we know very well that the big guns are ready but we are also ready and in any case we are going to give our all to match the big guns if possible.”
It goes without saying that it would be great to head into the North London derby in 13 days time as the Premier League’s outright leaders, but for that to happen we need a win at Anfield.
Surely, Auba must be licking his lips for a chance to test Adrian between the sticks?