Matteo Guendouzi says Arsenal hold all the cards for a great season after a summer spent strengthening the squad in key areas.
While the club lost experienced heads including Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck, the recruitment of Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney has fostered a positive vibe around the club in the last couple of weeks.
Beating Newcastle United and Burnley in the opening two games has fostered further optimism although stiffer tests lie in wait with Liverpool and Sp*rs next on the agenda.
“We clearly have a better squad than last season with big signings this summer,” said Guendouzi on an appearance on Canal Football Club (translated by Get France Football News).
“We hold all the cards to have a great season and finish in the top 4 to be able to play in the Champions’ League next season.”
The 20-year-old also reiterated his ambition to play for the France senior team in the near future and a desire to feature for his country’s under-23s at next year’s Olympics in Japan.
“My aim is to be in the senior French national team. I know I still have a lot of work ahead of me.
“I did the Euros with the U21s this summer, we have the Olympics coming next summer, so if I continue on my path, with more work and continuing to show my qualities on the pitch, I hope I will be there one day.”