Wenger sends out a warning
Arsene Wenger has warned the rest of the title challengers his strengthened squad will be "up for it" again next season.
The Gunners ended their warm-up schedule with a 4-0 win at Cologne, where summer signing Lukas Podolski grabbed a brace.
While the future of captain Robin van Persie has yet to be resolved one way or another, as Manchester United weigh up increasing their offer for the Dutchman, Wenger insists the new additions - which also include Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla - as well as the expected return to fitness of England midfielder Jack Wilshere means the Gunners will be capable of a more consistent challenge.
"We want to (compete for honours) and we have a desire to. We are up for it and what we want is to come out of the season and know we have given our best," Wenger said on Arsenal Player. "I feel we did that last year, finishing third with the start we had.
"The first target is to do as well as we can in every single game and see where we stand at the end of the season but of course we want to fight for the championship.
"We are in a much stronger position now because last summer we lost (Samir) Nasri and (Cesc) Fabregas and on top of that we lost (Abou) Diaby and Wilshere (to injury). We lost four players at the start of last season and that is not the case this time."