By Chris Harris

Perry Groves believes the current Arsenal side has what it takes to bring the Premier League crown back to North London.

Arsène Wenger guided the Gunners to an unbeaten title campaign in 2003/04 but Chelsea and Manchester United have laid claim to that trophy ever since. Sir Alex Ferguson's team are chasing a fourth consecutive championship this season but Groves is optimistic that Arsenal can break that cycle.

Defeats at United and Manchester City halted Wenger's team in its tracks after a flying start to the campaign but that doesn't concern Groves. He took plenty of positives from both defeats and expects the eventual champions to slip up a number of times this season.

"We've only lost two and I think the team which wins the Premier League this season will probably lose five or six games," Groves told "We are not out of the running at all.

"There are very positive signs. I've been very impressed by Thomas Vermaelen, I think he's an old-fashioned centre half in as much that he likes to attack the ball, he's always on the front foot.

"We played well up at Old Trafford without winning the game, and the Manchester City game could have gone either way. I just think we need to show a bit more steel when we've got the ball because when we keep it we're fantastic, but when we lose it we seem a little bit loose and teams might think they can score against us."

Perry was talking at the official opening of Highbury Square. For further information on the limited available apartments at Highbury Square go to or call 0845 262 6000.

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14 Oct 2009