Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed confidence the Gunners can still challenge for the Premier League title next season, even if they fall short this year.
Arsenal have led the league for much of this season but have slipped behind Manchester City in the table after a dip in form in recent weeks.
However, Wenger believes that Mikel Arteta is building a team capable of competing at the highest level for years to come.
Speaking at the Premier League Hall of Fame evening in London after being inducted into the ‘Class of 2023’, Wenger said,
“I think we have in every position of the team, a player who has the quality to deliver the trophy. If it’s not this year, it will be maybe next year, but the quality is there, you know, and the team is especially going forward, very young.
“But I like the way they play, they are mobile, they make intelligent decisions around the box, they play well together and all the ingredients are there.”
Arsene Wenger and his old adversary, Sir Alex Ferguson were the first managers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, reflecting the epic rivalry they enjoyed throughout their illustrious careers.
Wenger won three league titles at Arsenal, but the Gunners haven’t lifted the Premier League trophy since 2004. Their wait for domestic glory could stretch into a 20th year if City go on to finish the job in the coming weeks.
Arsenal are currently one point behind Manchester City, having played a game more. They face a crucial test of their title credentials this weekend when they travel to high-flying Newcastle.
A defeat at St James’ Park would likely end their title hopes, with City hosting Sam Allardyce’s Leeds United on Saturday.
However, Wenger’s belief in Arteta’s team should give Arsenal fans hope for the future, regardless of how this season ends.