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Dean pens new Brentford deal

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Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:12:00

Arsenal trio Olivier Giroud, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott say the squad is good enough to challenge for the title this season.

The Gunners last won the Premier League with their famous 'invincibles' side in 2004 but have struggled to mount a sustained title challenge since.

They have, though, consistently finished in the top four, suggesting the squad is not that far away from being good enough for a title tilt.

The Emirates Stadium outfit have been linked with a number of big name stars but have added just one player to their squad so far this summer, 20-year-old Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from Auxerre.

Speaking from Hanoi while on the club's pre-season tour of Southeast Asia Giroud, Rosicky and Walcott all expressed their belief that the current squad can still challenge for the Premier League, even without further additions.

"We have a really good squad and I trust in our chances and our qualities to fight for the title," said France striker Giroud.

Walcott added: "Instead of challenging for the Champions League I think we will be challenging for the title this year that's my desire and I'm sure everyone else is the same.

"If players come in its going boost the whole team but what we have at the moment is good enough to win anything I believe."

Czech midfielder Rosicky was equally confident, saying: "It's very simple We want to try to go for it and try to win the league."

The 21-year-old, whose impressive form helped the Bees reach the play-off final last season, has committed himself to Griffin Park until 2016.

"I'm absolutely delighted," he said.

"It was always Brentford I wanted to be at but it was just about getting the details sorted. I'm looking forward to repaying the faith the club has shown in me.

"There were things in the press about other clubs but all I am thinking about is Brentford.

"If I had left, after last season, it would have been a job half done in my eyes. This year is time to repay everyone, do the business and get promoted to the Championship."

Dean played for 60 minutes as the Bees sank Millwall 3-0 in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Sam Saunders, Paul Hayes and Stuart Dallas.

"I enjoyed it," he added. "It just shows how good our squad is, turning over a Championship side, albeit in pre-season.

"It's another good result, more fitness in the bank and we'll take that on to our friendly against Celtic on Saturday."

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