by Lewis Ambrose

Two FA Cup successes in as many seasons have ended any Arsenal ‘trophy drought’, but the club now have to build on that success.

Arsène Wenger knows as much and is targeting greater success in the upcoming season, setting his sights on lifting the Premier League title in May. The Arsenal manager won the league three times in his first seven full seasons in England, but hasn’t seen his team crowned the best in the land since 2004.

“The Premier League is our target,” Wenger said. The FA Cup successes are not to be overlooked but Arsenal need more.

“We have a very good chance in a very competitive league. We have won the FA Cup and we are not far away.

“We have a good, cohesive group that has the quality and the ambition to do better than we did last season.”

Wenger will feel backed up by the form of the side since the turn of the year. From January to May no side picked up more Premier League points than Arsenal, with the Gunners proving they can mix it with the very best. A draw with champions Chelsea was ok, coming from behind to draw at Old Trafford was better, but the highlights were convincing performances to beat Manchester City away and Liverpool at home.

The previous season saw Arsenal top the league on Christmas day 2013, but consistency was lacking throughout 2014. Arsenal can compete for extended periods of time. Now the squad has to prove they can manage it over nine months.