Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes that his side can build on last season's trophy triumph to taste more success in 2014-15.
Ramsey was named Arsenal’s 'Player of the Season' in 2013-14, despite missing a chunk of the campaign with a thigh strain, scoring an impressive 16 goals in 35 games, as the club won the FA Cup to claim their first piece of silverware since 2005.
Now back in training, the 23-year-old says that ending their trophy drought has filled the side with confidence and expects more of the same this coming season.
‘I think we have a great opportunity,’ he told Arsenal.com. ‘Hopefully all the people that have played at the World Cup come back strong and fit and we can hit the ground running when the season starts.
‘The feeling we got after winning the FA Cup was something special and I’m sure that everybody wants the same thing again this season. We’ll be giving it everything to win a few things this year.
‘The media were always saying things like ‘Arsenal haven’t won a trophy for this many years’. The number kept getting higher so it was important to win something to take that burden away. It takes the pressure off us.
‘I think the team has come on a long way in the last couple of seasons. We’ve grown a lot - there’s a great team spirit here, everybody wants to work for each other so we’ll give it a good go.’
Having already signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United this summer for a combined £44 million, Arsenal are now reported to be looking to add either Sami Khedira or Morgan Schneiderlin in the coming weeks.
The Gunners are also attempting to seal deals for Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and Atletico Madrid right-back Javi Manquillo, although whether those additions will be enough to compete with their fellow big-spending rivals at the top of the table, or challenge in Europe, remains to be seen.