Joe Montemurro’s desperate to build on last season's success.
We face West Ham United at Meadow Park on Sunday as we kick-off our defence of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup.
“We have the confidence and belief that we can have a very good year and be very competitive,” Montemurro told Arsenal.com.
“We now have a belief taking in the work that we did last year, so we’re just tinkering it and making it just that little bit better. We’re giving it a little more structure and organisation but we’re also trying to find that freedom so that they can express themselves.
“I think there’s now more belief in that and that’s why we wanted to play top quality opposition over pre-season, to gauge where we’re really at.”
Montemurro’s side head into their first game of the 2018/19 season unbeaten after summer outings against Juventus, Montpellier and Paris Saint-Germain.
“It’s what we do pre-season for, to make a good start to the season and cement ourselves in making sure that we’re up there,” he said.
“We may be the current champions of this competition, but it’s all about preparing well for each game and preparing well for each challenge. You need to make sure you pass one test before you go onto the next one.”