Kieran Gibbs says winning the FA Cup can propel Arsenal into contention for the top prizes this season.

With the Premier League season less than a week away, Arsenal are being widely tipped to challenge for further major honours having bolstered their squad with the signings of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.

Gibbs has sensed a different atmosphere within the squad in pre-season and feels the players have come back with "bigger personalities".

The boys needed that [FA Cup] win and everyone involved in the club needed it

"Winning the FA Cup was the biggest thing and we've kept a large amount of the squad together and added some new players," said Gibbs.

"Last year we did that as well. We didn't let a lot of people go and brought people in. That had a positive effect for us so hopefully that can happen again.

"The boys needed that [FA Cup] win and everyone involved in the club needed it. We want to come back and use it as a stepping stone, we don't want to take our foot off the gas.

"It's only the start and I hope we grow in statute. I think the players have come back with bigger personalities and they're hungry for more."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Isaac Moore 9 Aug 2014