By Nick Teale
Arsenal can win the Premier Reserve League this season.
That's the view of captain Kyle Bartley, who has a “strong belief” that Arsenal have what it takes to be the best second string in the country.
The Gunners haven’t won the league since its inception in 1999, but Bartley told Arsenal.com that the squad is confident this could be their season.
"Neil Banfield said at the start of the year that he expects us to be pushing to win the title, and I think we've got a really good chance to do that," said Bartley.
"We've got a really strong belief that we're good enough and we've played enough games; we're experienced enough for this level to push on and win the Reserve League.
"Some of the players who play on the team are outstanding and so versatile. They can play anywhere, so I think that's a really big advantage."
Arsène Wenger has a policy of giving youngsters a chance in the Carling Cup, and Bartley believes that any one of the players in the reserve ranks would be good enough to help Arsenal progress against West Brom next Tuesday.
"Almost every player could push for the Carling Cup, but we've just got to wait and see who the manager decides is the right player to play," said Bartley.Copyright 2017 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