Santi Cazorla believes Arsenal’s new-found confidence will see them hit the ground running when the 2013/14 campaign gets underway.
Arsene Wenger’s side clinched fourth place last term after a superb end-of-season run saw them take 26 points from a possible 30.
Cazorla says that has had a profound effect on the Gunners’ self-belief and could make the difference when they return to action in August.
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“Every team in the league has a complicated period at some point and their level drops,” he told the official Arsenal Magazine. “When the team doesn’t win and doesn’t get the results we want, the collective confidence drops a little. That is natural.
“Now, we’ve put in a spectacular run-in and you can see the difference in mentality. We have great players. I’m sure next season we’ll be a better team - it’s clear this squad has plenty of potential to improve.
“[We want] to fight for trophies. Next season, we hope we can be even better, win trophies and the supporters can enjoy it.. I hope I can keep developing, too.”