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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Vermaelen: Arsenal can win the Premier League

Arsenal will only need a little bit of luck to win the Premier League title next season, according to defender Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgian arrived at the Emirates from Ajax last summer and played 33 times for an Arsenal side which was in the hunt for first place until the final weeks, when they tailed off and finished behind Manchester United and eventual winners Chelsea.

Another campaign without a trophy means it is five years since Arsenal have tasted success, but the £10 million man reckons it could all change next season.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been scouring the globe for new players. He has already signed Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh and splashed out a reported £8.5 million for defender Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal struggled with a thin squad as injuries hit key players at critical times last season, but Vermaelen thinks it people stay fit then the side can mount a serious and sustained challenge for the Premier League title.

"We have to continue what we have been doing, we are working hard. I am convinced that next year we can win trophies with this team," the 24-year-old said.

"We had a lot of injuries, and if we can all be fit for a long time next season, it will be a good year for us."

The Premier League title odds certainly suggest the side are in with a chance of claiming some silverware.

However, Arsenal could be forced to start this season with one player out injured.
Striker Nicklas Bendtner has admitted he is still struggling with a long-term groin problem and he faces a race to be fit.

The problem kept him out of key stages of the Premier League battle last season after he underwent an operation, and it also affected him in South Africa, where Denmark failed to live up to their billing in the 2010 World Cup odds.

Bendtner is due to have a scan at Arsenal when he returns from holiday but it does not look good as he has confessed he can "still feel pain" from the affected area.

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