In the latest Arsenal news, Arsene Wenger has tipped the Gunners to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Wenger will be leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge this summer although the Gunners are yet to confirm who will succeed him in the dugout at the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman has guided the north Londoners to a sixth-place finish in his final season in charge and they have impressed on their own patch throughout the campaign, with only champions Manchester City boasting a better home record.
However, their record on the road has not been so great – only four top-flight teams have performed worse on their travels – while they are currently in the midst of a seven-match losing run away from home.
Wenger admits the away form has not been good enough but is convinced if his successor can improve that record then the Gunners will be able to mount a serious title challenge in 2018-19.
“If you look at our season, at home we have championship-winning form and away we have a consequence of many things,” Wenger said.
“The quality is there, the spirit is exceptional. If the team has one or two good away results next season they will play for the Premiership, I’m convinced, because there is something special in that team that will come out next season.
“I’m convinced Arsenal will be one of the contenders next year.”
Wenger won the last of his three Premier League titles with Arsenal in 2004 and the Gunners are available at 30/1 with Betfair to be crowned champions of England again next season.
A lot will depend on who the Arsenal hierarchy choose to appoint as Wenger’s successor, with the likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Mikel Arteta and Luis Enrique all remaining in the running.