Wilshere glad Gunners can concentrate

For 3 on the previous four seasons, the reigning two-time FA Cup holders have had to play a two-legged European qualifier in mid-to-late August.

But by virtue of finishing third within the Premier League last season, they will now appear ahead to the group stages of the Champions League which start out in September.

Arsenal are at present in Singapore along with the midfielder told Sky Sports News HQ: “Without a European qualifier, that is usually a season-definer, it provides you a lot more time to prepare for the very first game within the Premier League so you could focus on finding a good start out.

“We know about February-March, when we’re often robust, so if we are in a great position then we should really be alright.”

Along with the injury-prone 23-year-old is delighted that he will personally get pleasure from the uncommon luxury of a complete pre-season campaign.

He added: “The most significant issue for me is acquiring a superb pre-season in, playing all the games I can and be ready when the season begins.”

But does he believe the Arsenal squad are ready to make further inroads on major two clubs Chelsea and Manchester City and claim a very first Premier League title in 12 years?

He went on: “We feel we have a squad that could match Chelsea. The Premier League’s a tough league, so we need as lots of players as you can.

“You’ve got the FA Cup, the League Cup, players go away on international breaks and players pick up injuries all through the season, so it is critical we’ve the players to are available in for that.

“After you win your first trophy, it makes you hungry for extra, and it was good to win the FA Cup once again last season.

“We were terrific throughout the competitors and specially dominated the final which shows the self-confidence we’ve got at the moment.”

Wilshere says the acquire of keeper Petr Cech from Chelsea is an excellent asset for the squad.

He went on: “Petr’s a fantastic signing. He’s been there, accomplished that and has great practical experience.

“He’s been good for everyone even, for Wojciech Szczesny who’s still only young himself.”

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