Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal could be about to enjoy a successful season after the Gunners breezed to a 3-0 victory over Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud meant Arsenal followed up May’s FA Cup final triumph over Hull with another Wembley win to clinch the first silverware available in the 2014-15 campaign.
Spanish midfielder Arteta played alongside summer recruits Alexis Sanchez and Calum Chambers and agreed that Gunners are looking in good shape before next week’s league opener against Crystal Palace.
Asked if thought the London club could challenge for further honours, he told BT Sport: “I hope so. I think we’re looking very good with some very good signings so that’s only going to strengthen the team.
“We worked really hard in pre-season and hopefully we’re ready to start.
“When you look at the bench and all the options we have to change the game, as I said, I hope it’s going to be a good season. We ended last season well with the FA Cup so hopefully we’ll continue well.
“In the first half we had 20 or 25 minutes where we were outstanding and we passed the ball around very quickly and looked a threat every time.
“We’ve got pace up front now and it makes a big difference so we’re really happy to get another trophy.”
Midfielder Ramsey said the Gunners have learned how to avoid suffering repeats of last season’s humbling defeats to City (6-3) and Liverpool (5-1).
“In games last season we’ve been guilty of conceding early on and it’s difficult enough to play against these teams, let along going one or two goals down in the first minutes,” said the Welshman.
“It’s important just to stay in the game, to stay patient and for them to open up and us to capitalise on that.
“We have a good team spirit. We all get along really well and everybody wants to work hard for each other.”
Arsene Wenger praised his players for sticking together when City rallied after the break and acknowledged the fact that his first-team squad is looking stronger than it has for some time.