By Chris Harris
Bacary Sagna insists Arsenal can win the title this season - but only if they maintain their consistency throughout the campaign.
The French right back is still waiting for his first trophy since moving to Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2007 but he has come close a couple of times, playing his part in title pushes in 2008 and last season.
On both occasions Arsenal's challenge petered out in April but Sagna thinks Arsène Wenger's squad can get it right this term.
“Yes we can win it. I’m 100 per cent confident," declared the Frenchman.
"It will be down to us now. We have a good team and some new players. We have an amazing team and play good football. We just need to be more consistent and to be a bit more focused on the pitch.”
The usual suspects of Chelsea and Manchester United are expected to be there or thereabouts in the title race while Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from a poor 2009/10 campaign. There's a big buzz around Manchester City too after a summer of heavy investment but Sagna is not concerned by their spending power.
"They have bought a lot of good players and they will be hard to beat but we are still Arsenal, we play good football and just want to continue to play as we are now," he said.
"Real Madrid [also spent money on] lots of good players but they couldn’t win anything last year so it’s down to the game we play on the pitch.”
Arsenal's prospects of silverware would be helped considerably by the presence of Cesc Fabregas. Speculation over the captain's future has been rife all summer but Sagna hopes Fabregas will stay in North London.
“Everyone likes Cesc and wants him to stay," he said. "He is an Arsenal player.
"We don’t know what will happen but we all want him to stay. I think it would be a big loss if he were to leave. It’s up to him to show us what he can do.”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