Arsene Wenger is confident that Arsenal will challenge for the Premier League title sooner rather than later. The Gunners have not won a league title since 2004, when they went unbeaten the entire season.
The north London club have struggled to mount a sustained challenge on a consistent basis since then and seen rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City dominate the league.
Arsenal did mount a challenge during the first half of the season last year, until they struggled with injuries and dropped out during the latter half.
However, the French manager is confident that the team has what it takes to get back to the top. Wengar, who recently signed a new three-year contract in the summer, believes they can win a title before the end of his current contract.
"Of course," Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror, when asked if it was possible before the end of his tenure.
Wenger has urged the team to fight hard this season and make a comeback, following a stuttering start to the season, which currently sees them in sixth place in the league with 20 points from 13 games.
The manager believes most of the struggles are down to most of his players featuring in the 2014 World Cup and believes when all his players are back and fit, the Gunners will challenge for the title.
"We have not started very well but we never had the squad together since the start of the season. It was a typical post-World Cup start. But I think we have what is required to do it. We have to fight like mad now to come back as much as possible to show that we can compete in every single game," the Arsenal manager explained.
"We have fought many times for the title. People always remember who won it but the fight has been very tight for long periods in the last eight or nine years."
"We have a big competition in England, we have to accept that. The Premier League level goes always up and this season Chelsea has started very well. They will be difficult to catch but everybody will fight to come back on them," the Frenchman added.
The 65-year-old manager had earlier stated that Chelsea are favourites for the title but has backtracked and maintains that it is possible to catch them as he believes there is something special with his current squad at the Emirates Stadium.
"After 13 or 14 games, you cannot say that the title race is over. You cannot say Chelsea are not catchable. I think we are creating something special inside the club but our job is to win football games and that is the best way to unite everybody," Wenger concluded.