Freddie Ljungberg has stressed the importance of Arsenal making a strong start and keeping their belief ahead of the new season.
The former Gunner won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during a glittering nine-year spell at the club.
Ljungberg is now a coach in the Arsenal academy and, speaking on a promotional tour to Sydney, he expressed his confidence that the team will compete for the title.
“We have a good squad and a good foundation,” he said. “We need to have a good start to the season, keep playing as a team as we always do and believe in Arsene and each other.
“We are a big club and have a great team, so we always have a chance of winning the Premier League.
“It was a bit of a Cinderella story for Leicester to win it [last season], nobody thought they would last to the end and I don’t think it’s going to happen again.
“I’m good friends with some people there and I congratulated them, I think they did great - but let’s hope it’s our turn this season.”
Arsenal kick off their pre-season campaign with a friendly against Lens on Friday, and Ljungberg says this is an important period for the players.
“The main thing in pre-season is to run a lot to get fit, and then play at 100 per cent to avoid injury - that’s the key,” he said.
“It’s also a great opportunity as you need people to bond and learn to know each other a little bit more.
“You’re not just training and shooting home, you can spend some time together, get a coffee maybe. I think it’s really good for team spirit and bonding.”
Copyright 2020 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.