Sebastien Squillaci believes Arsenal can still challenge for title despite lack of signings

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Sebastien Squillaci joined Arsenal six years ago, making 23 appearances for the Gunners.

(From L-R) Arsenal's Sebastien Squillaci, Marouane Chamakh, Martin Angha and Gervinho during training

Former Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci has insisted, via Goal, that his old club can still challenge for the Premier League despite a lack of signings.

Squillaci spent three seasons at the Emirates and is now currently getting ready for Bastia’s first game of the new Ligue 1 season on Friday.

He is convinced that Arsene Wenger’s team can push for their first title since 2003-04 despite Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea all strengthening with managerial changes and top signings.

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"Last season, they [Arsenal] finished second and they have gained a lot of experience over the years,” Squillaci told Goal.

"They reinforce their team each year and even though they didn't make many transfers this summer, I think Arsenal will be among the title contenders.

"We saw several movements in the Premier League in terms of coaches and they all have a lot of experience of winning trophies with big clubs."

Arsenal have only signed one major player in Granit Xhaka so far and you would think that in order to be up there once again, they will have to move for more in the market soon.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

A defender is crucial with the North London club light at the back. The arrival of Shkodran Mustafi seems close and should provide Wenger with the solidity and resilience the manager is looking for.

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both struggled for form at times last season and high-quality addition in the attacking area could prove the difference come May.

Squillaci’s claim is bold but if Arsenal can reinforce their squad in the right positions like their closest challengers, there can be a clear reason for optimism.

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