Arsenal have a squad to win the Premier League, says Charlie Nicholas

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arsenal celebrate
Image: Arsenal are good enough to win the Premier League, says Charlie Nicholas

Arsenal's squad is good enough to win the Premier League, says Soccer Saturday pundit Charlie Nicholas.

After losing their opening fixture at home to West Ham, Arsene Wenger's side have gone on to pick up 10 points from their last four matches.

The Gunners travel to out-of-form Chelsea on Saturday as they look to keep up with early pace-setters Manchester City, and Nicholas believes they are in with a shot at the title.

Cech gunning for Bridge win

Cech gunning for Bridge win

Petr Cech returns to Chelsea this weekend and has no room for senitment

 "I may be the only one who thinks this but I believe that this current group is good enough to win the league," he told Sky Sports.

"They had an awful start against West Ham but all of a sudden they have got a pretty good run of games going."

Petr Cech and Per Mertesacker celebrate
Image: Petr Cech has kept three clean sheets in succession

The only notable addition during the summer transfer window was goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has recovered from some early mistakes to keep consecutive clean sheets in his last three matches.

But, despite being the only club in Europe's top-five leagues not to sign an outfield player, former Arsenal striker Nicholas is pleased with how the squad looks.

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"I would've liked a holding midfielder but I think these guys can win the league," he added.

"But it is up to them to prove their competitive edge and spirit.    

"I would've liked a holding midfielder but I think these guys can win the league - but it is up to them to prove their competitive edge and spirit."
Nicholas on Arsenal's squad

"As it stands right now the team almost picks itself. Per Mertesacker is out of the team and Gabriel has done OK.

"Cech is keeping clean sheets which is fantastic, Theo Walcott is nicking a goal and Olivier Giroud is scoring off the bench so I'm feeling quite happy about the situation right now."

Theo Walcott registered his first strike of the season last time out, firing Arsenal in front on their way to a 2-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates Stadium.

Walcott was given the nod ahead of Giroud up front, but Nicholas believes the Englishman is unlikely to just play as a striker.

Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City
Image: Theo Walcott scored the opener in the 2-0 win over Stoke

"Theo will probably never be a No 9 in terms of having to play there every week," he said.

"I think when Theo is in the team and he is hot, it means defenders will have to drop 10-to-15 yards further back because he will terrorise them with his pace and movement.

"It's not just his pace - his movement is also really clever.

"Over the years he has adapted coming off the right flank and even sometimes coming off the left and scoring important goals for Arsenal."

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