Arsenal not far away from EPL title, says manager Arsene Wenger

London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that his team is aiming to win the English Premier League (EPL) this season, adding they are not 'far away' from delivering a first title since 2004.

Arsenal finished third in 2014-15, 12 points behind eventual champions Chelsea and ended the season strongly as they lifted the FA Cup for a second consecutive year.

Arsenal not far away from EPL title, says manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Pic/AFP

Arsenal have so far signed goalkeeper Petr Cech as they prepare for the upcoming campaign and the Frenchman feels the current squad is well-equipped to mount a serious assault on the league's summit.

"The title is our target and we feel we have a chance in a very competitive league. We are not far away," Wenger was quoted as saying by on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Wenger has confirmed that striker Yaya Sanogo will leave the club on loan this season, with Ajax Amsterdam closing in on securing the Frenchman's signature.

"He will go on loan, I believe he needs to play. He's ready and he'll get an opportunity to play in the Champions League," Wenger said.

Wenger feels Robin Van Persie's Man Utd departure is a 'Premier League loss'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described Robin van Persie's recent move from Manchester United to Turkish giant Fenerbahce as 'Premier League loss'.

The Dutchman, who scored 48 goals in his 86 appearances for United, signed a 4.7million pounds deal with the Turkish football club.

Wenger, who had coached Van Persie for eight years at Arsenal before the latter's move to Old Trafford in 2012, said that the Dutchman is a loss for English football because he is an exceptional player, the Daily Express reported.

Heaping more praise on the striker, Wenger said that Van Persie has an exceptional technique and was one of the best footballers he had managed.

The Arsenal manager added that although he doesn't know the reason behind the striker's departure, he insisted that Van Persie is a loss to the Premier League.

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