Kieran Gibbs says he is "excited" about the quality of Arsenal's squad this season.
The Gunners went top of the league on Sunday after their 3-1 win over Stoke City at Emirates Stadium and have won their last four games in the Premier League.
I'm very excited about the quality of the squad and when we get more players back from injury I feel like we'll be a forceKieran Gibbs
And the full back believes the Gunners have gelled much more since going on a 10-game unbeaten run at the end of last season.
"I think the team is just gelling," said Gibbs. "We've had a strong finish to last season and people could see the players really gel. I think that's happening this season at an earlier stage.
"I'm very excited about the quality of the squad and when we get more players back from injury I feel like we'll be a force. We need to keep focused and build on our run. I'm sure we can be contenders."
The 23-year-old also hailed the impact new signing Mesut Ozil has had in the dressing room and more importantly, on the pitch.
"He's really enjoying himself. He looks very determined and happy and he's a humble boy as well. Coming from a club like Real Madrid you would expect a player to come with a bigger head on their shoulders but he's very down to earth and he's passionate.
"It's positive for us and a signing like Ozil is going to push our squad forward because you don't want to let him down. You want to perform for him and he will take us to the next level."Copyright 2013 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 22 Sep 2013