Aaron Ramsey believes that Arsenal will be successful this season if they improve their results against teams challenging for the title.
Arsene Wenger's side averaged 2.31 points a game against teams outside the top three last season, a figure that would have been enough to win the Premier League had the form been replicated against the teams that finished ahead of Arsenal.
"I think there's going to be about six teams involved right until the wire," Ramsey told Arsenal Player.
"It's going to be difficult but I think we have a great team here and great team spirit. We're in a good place at the moment. Hopefully we can get off to a good start in the season and put [ourselves] in a good position and hopefully last season where we fell away a bit we'll improve and put that right. [If we do], we'll have a great opportunity.
"We're in a good place at the moment. Hopefully we can get off to a good start in the season"
"It's important in those games [against the top teams], especially in the first half. These places are difficult enough to go to and get results, especially when it's 0-0, never mind when it's two, three or four-nil down in the first 25 minutes. We're going to have to be a lot more streetwise when going to these places and maybe we'll have to sit back in the first half and then the game will open up in the second half and we know we'll create opportunities.
"You can never predict what's going to happen during the year. You can have your good moments and you can have your bad moments. It's always important for everyone to stick together and get everyone behind each other. If we manage to do that and get through the bad periods as quickly as possible we'll have a good year.
"Over the last few seasons we have [sold] some of our bigger players but the squad is really settled now and we've done the business early this year. That's helped us to get used to some of the players before the season starts. We've brought in some big, quality names as well so I think that we've done well and we're all looking forward to teaming up together."
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