Ljungberg urges Arsenal to trust in Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier in the stands

Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the stands

Speaking to Arsenal's official website, club legend Freddie Ljungberg has told the current crop of Gunners to believe in manager Arsene Wenger if they want to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

The North Londoners go into the campaign on the back of a frustrating 2015-16 season which could, and perhaps should, have seen Arsenal end their 12-year drought for the biggest prize in English football as they finished 10 points behind champions Leicester City.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and former footballers Robert Pires and Marcel Desailly before the game

By mid-February it looked like Wenger's trophy but an annual collapse saw them fall out of contention to ultimately finish second - their highest finish in 11 years, but that came of little consolation to a fanbase who had grown visibly frustrated by the French manager last term.

Wenger, who will celebrate 20 years as Arsenal boss in September, was the subject of protests toward the end of last season but many supporters did seem to get behind him.

Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring the first goal for Arsenal

The 66-year-old has only signed one player this summer - midfielder Granit Xhaka for £30 million - but the consensus is that he will need a few more big signings if they are to compete with Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and Antonio Conte's Chelsea as the Premier League's landscape shifts dramatically.

Ljungberg won four major trophies under Wenger during his nine-year spell in North London, and the legendary Swede - now back at the club in a youth coaching role - says that supporting the manager, coupled with a solid start to the term, is key to success.

“We have a good squad and a good foundation,” he said to the club's official website. “We need to have a good start to the season, keep playing as a team as we always do and believe in Arsène and each other.

“We are a big club and have a great team, so we always have a chance of winning the Premier League. It was a bit of a Cinderella story for Leicester to win it [last season], nobody thought they would last to the end and I don’t think it’s going to happen again.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

“I’m good friends with some people there and I congratulated them, I think they did great - but let’s hope it’s our turn this season.”

Arsenal kick off the season by hosting Liverpool at the Emirates on August 14, before visiting Leicester City and Watford in the subsequent weeks before September.

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