English Premier League club Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side’s recent FA Cuptriumph over Aston Villa will boost them for serious title challenge next season.
Goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud crushed Aston Villa at the Wembley Stadium here as the Gunners won the competition for a record-breaking 12th time on Saturday.
“I’m not in the buying mood tonight. I will buy a drink for my players. We’ll see what’s going on in the transfer market but we have a good basis,” said Wenger.
“We have some time to prepare because we won’t be playing a Champions League qualifier. We have a good confidence level, so let’s show that we can be intelligent during the summer,” he said.
Arsenal suffered a worst ever start to a Premier League season last season, going on to finish third, and Wenger said there is no need to rock the boat over the summer after an impressive victory over Aston Villa.
“Of course we can push on. Why not? We have won the league in the past when we’ve had the potential to do it and that’s what we want to do again,” the 65-year-old said.
“We want to show that we can match anybody next season but we don’t know how good the other teams will be. It is about consistency at the top level and we have shown signs of consistency.
“In the past when we have won leagues, we have been consistent. We didn’t lose for 49 games. Nobody else has done it. When we have a good confidence level and the quality, we can be consistent,” Wenger concluded.