Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is yet to feature this season, but is still hoping to pick up a Premier League winners medal in May.

The 24-year-old, who won the league in 2012/13 with Manchester United, has had to watch from afar and could be vital during the run-in, thanks to his versatility and the freshness he should have.

The Gunners have started fairly well and sit in second after eight games, two points behind Manchester City.

“We want to keep on improving,” Welbeck said.

“The way we started, we’ve had a few good results but there were also results where we could have done a bit better in certain situations. The most important thing now is to improve on what we’ve got and set a standard.”

An early season defeat to West Ham United was a disappointment, and Arsenal have been struggling to beat so-called ‘lesser’ teams at the Emirates Stadium in a run stretching back to last season.

We aren’t alone with that issue, West Ham also won at Manchester City and Chelsea have lost to Crystal Palace and Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

“It’s the same for every single team, it doesn’t give one side a better opportunity of winning the league, every single game it’s vital to get those three points and keep racking up the wins.

“Lower-half teams have beaten teams in the top half and that just shows the competition throughout the whole league, you can’t take your foot off the gas and have to be prepared mentally, physically and tactically for every game.”

That’s where squad depth is important. As the season goes on, players will become tired or injured, especially at clubs with fewer options.

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Welbeck could be crucial when he returns. He’s due to be back around the start of 2016 and will be fresh for the rest of the season. An ability to play in a number of roles and a willingness to work hard mean he’ll be afforded plenty of opportunities by Arsène Wenger, who knows he can trust the player.

Hopefully he returns with as few complications as possible to strengthen our title bid.