Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have "a good chance" of winning the Premier League this season if they maintain a positive mental attitude.
The Gunners begin their quest for a first Premier League title since 2004 at Liverpool on Sunday, where they are likely to be without World Cup final duo Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.
Since the ‘Invincibles’ swept all before them Arsenal have failed to turn their undoubted potential into silverware.
However, Wenger, out of contract in the summer, maintains the current crop have what it takes to get ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United.
"I believe we have a good chance. The most important thing is that we have that belief," he said.
"We finished third last season, so we have two stairs to climb and I am confident that we can do it."
Neither Fabregas nor Van Persie have been involved in pre-season and this week’s international schedule has hardly helped matters, with Fabregas having to travel to Mexico, although Van Persie will not be involved for Holland against Ukraine.
Wenger will leave it as late as possible before deciding whether he has to rule the pair out of the Anfield trip.
"They are a lot behind," Wenger said on the club website.
"Cesc goes to Mexico so he will not be able to practise, and comes back on Thursday night or Friday, so we will have to see.
"I hope Van Persie will have a good week of preparation, but I think he will be short as well."