Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that a good start will be crucial if the Gunners are to end an 11-year wait for a Premier League title after poor early season form let Chelsea get out of sight before Christmas in 2014/15.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the weekend's opening fixture against West Ham, Wenger explained, "Last year after 12 games we were 15 points behind Chelsea, and in the next 26 we took 58 points and Chelsea 55."

The veteran Frenchman blames that poor start on having players struggling for fitness after their various involvement in last summer's World Cup. However, he hopes that without having had the same distractions, 2015/16 will be different.

"So let's start strong this season," Wenger rallied. "I believe we have the necessary ingredients. But we have a tricky start as well because we have two derbies and Liverpool in the first three games, so we have a difficult schedule."

Looking at exactly how Arsenal might go about mounting a first serious title challenge in eight years, Wenger commented, "We need to maintain our game. That's important as well - that we develop what we do well and do not stand still."

He went on to explain, "That means we develop our cohesion, our passing game. If we are capable to keep the cohesion and the solidarity we have at the moment through the 38 games, we have a good chance."

There is a feeling that after years of disappointment and underachievement, things have finally fallen into place for Arsenal over the last 12 months. Petr Cech's arrival alone has strengthened the squad immensely, while the Gunners boast one of the best attacking players in Europe in Alexis Sanchez.

“We won the FA Cup last year and we finished third in the Premier League so our target is very high," Wenger said. "Our ambition is to win the Premier League but we have to sustain that by performance and fighting spirit in every single game."