Last Updated: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 13:24
Arsenal have the belief they can mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The north London outfit have not lifted the English crown since the 'Invincibles' side of the 2003/04 claimed the top flight title.
Indeed the Gunners have not managed to secure any major silverware since lifting the FA Cup back in 2005 and the current crop of players are desperately trying to end the title drought.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is currently out of action with a knee injury, believes the squad at the Emirates, who sit in fourth place in the Premier League table, feel they have what it takes to finish top of the pile come the end of the season.
He told The Daily Telegraph: "We've been contenders ever since I came to Arsenal. Or at least that's the feeling in the squad. We really think we can take the title.
"Obviously it hasn't happened in recent seasons. But in the form we showed at the end of last season, and - when I was watching from the sidelines - in the spirit we've shown at the start of this, in the derby, everyone was fighting for each other.
"That team spirit, you can't buy it. That, along with our manager and the signings, I'm full of optimism that this season can be a good one."
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