Liam Brady has backed Arsenal to mount a title challenge next season.

Brady, who made 235 appearances for Arsenal before moving to Juventus, worked as Head of Youth development at the club for 18 years and knows the situation inside Arsenal better than most.

Speaking in an interview with TalkSport, the legend stated that he believes this season has been a positive one for the club and it is something they can certainly build on next season.

“The club is in a much, much better position to challenge for the title.

“We have paid for our stadium. That took a lot of power away from the club to compete [in the transfer market] with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United and I think we are in a much better place to do so now.

“We have closed the gap – that has showed this season.

“I am very much looking forward to next season. I think this season has been very positive.”

Oct 1979: Liam Brady of Arsenal in action during a Football League Division One match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Grounds in Wolverhampton, England. Allsport UK /Allsport

Arsenal paid a heavy price for the injuries they suffered at the start of the season but the work of Shad Forsythe, brought in to help with the fitness of the players, already seems to be paying dividends as Wenger has an almost complete squad to pick from.

Should they avoid the same sort of injury problems next season then there is absolutely no reason to think they won’t be right in the mix.

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