Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes that back-to-back FA Cup triumphs will signal progress despite the Gunners failing to mount a title challenge this season.
The north London club are preparing to take on Aston Villa in the final of the FA Cup on 30 May, and the midfielder is hoping that they can repeat the feat they achieved last season when they beat Hull City 3-2 in an enthralling final at Wembley Stadium.
The Welsh international is aware that it is going to be a difficult game against a side that have had to fight their way through to the final as they were simultaneously also battling for Premier League safety. But Ramsey is confident that last season's experience will hold them in good stead when they take on the Villans on Saturday.
"I think it would show a lot, it would show progression," Ramsey told Goal.
"Obviously going that period of time without winning something, everybody associated with the club felt that pressure and wanted to get it off our backs. We did it last year and this is going to be a tough game."
"We know teams are always dangerous so we are going to have to take them seriously. I'm sure last year's final will put us in a good place where we feel like we can go on and win the FA Cup again," the former Cardiff City player added.
Apart from the FA Cup triumphs, the midfielder is eyeing the league title and is upbeat regarding Arsenal's chances of challenging Chelsea next campaign.
Ramsey believes that the Gunners need to be consistent throughout the season to achieve their target and has pinpointed a lack of consistency in recent seasons as the reason for the failed title bids.
Arsenal led the table for most of last campaign, but faltered in the final stages due to lack of form and injuries suffered by key players during the crucial part of the season.
"In the first half of the season we couldn't get the consistency that we all wanted and ultimately we paid the price in the Premier League," the Welshman added.
"Our form in the second half of the season has been really good and we're looking forward to building on that and finishing off strongly as well."
"I think we've grown as the season has gone on and that puts us in a really good position for next year. If we get off to a good start and keep the momentum going from the back end of this season to next season, we have a very good opportunity."
"I think we've improved. There are certain things you can't control but I think the man management has been a lot better in the last few months," the Arsenal midfielder explained.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old midfielder is hoping that he can remain fit for an entire campaign without injury disruptions, after struggling with different injuries in recent seasons.
Ramsey has always spent some time on the sidelines in recent seasons, and he believes that an entire campaign without an injury will help showcase his talent to the best of his abilities, something he did in 2014, when he was named the club's player of the season by his colleagues and fans.
"I just want to get off to a good start next season, hopefully stay fit and fresh throughout the season, and have a full season. What I've been guilty of is being injured a few times throughout the season and it's been a bit stop-start," the Welsh international said.
"It's difficult to always come back, it takes you a few games to get back into it. That's what the last couple of seasons have been for me."
"Hopefully I can have a real good go and stay fit all the way through [next season] because I'm confident in what I can do and what I can show," Ramsey concluded.