Following their recent FA Cup triumph, Mikael Silvestre told reporters for the Daily Mail that former club Arsenal are on the up and could challenge for the title but they need to find consistency.
Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil all improved in one way or another while Francis Coquelin and Alexis Sanchez specifically enhanced the quality of the North Londoners’ first-team.
Next season is arguably Arsene Wenger’s best shot at a title in many years, and Silvestre is backing their challenge though the Frenchman pinpointed consistency as a potential problem.
“I think right now they are on top of their game. Two FA Cups in a row is not an accident. Maybe they lack consistency. With the experience and their players getting older, it won't take much for them to challenge for the title,” the former French international defender explained.
Further squad competition to help sustain winning football?
Arsenal’s problems with consistency isn’t anything new and there have been times in the past where a real sense of complacency has crept in, especially in games they should be winning.
At the Emirates last season, the Gunners dropped points against Swansea City, Hull City and Sunderland whereas champions Chelsea posted an extra ten points during their home fixtures at Stamford Bridge.
Yet, squad competition can help eliminate any complacency with players constantly on their toes, willing to perform in order to keep their shirt.
The Gunners arguably boast the best attacking options in the Premier League, but further competition in the centre of defence and in midfield could make them that extra bit potent next season.