Arsenal star picks out seven 'difference makers' in the squad - Van Persie days seem a long time ago

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Arsenal star Mikel Arteta has hailed the club's attacking talent.

Arsenal head into the Premier League season full of confidence, but are shrewd enough to know that a Crystal Palace side will present a stern test.

While the Gunners will expect to edge it, former Gunner Paul Merson summed it up in his prediction column when he said 'it won't be a walkover'.

New club captain Mikel Arteta has said that the club are full of confidence, buoyed not only by lifting the FA Cup and Community Shield in a matter of months, but the new signings added to the squad.

He told Arsenal's website that the club have several 'difference makers' who are all capable of winning games on their day, naming six of them.

"When Santi [Cazorla] came, I think fans got really excited because he was giving us something really special.

"With Mesut [Ozil] it was something very special. Now we have Alexis - but you forget about Theo who missed six months last year and was superb when he was fit.

"Then there's Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack and Rambo, who was unbelievable last season. Suddenly you're talking about six or seven really good players that can make a difference in a game and that's what you want to win trophies."

While it would be perhaps picky to focus on the fact he has overlooked key striker Olivier Giroud, perhaps he is an unnamed eighth player, his comments underline the strength in depth the Gunners have.

It shows what a sudden transformation Arsene Wenger has managed to bring about in his squad from just two seasons prior, when the club were often unfairly criticised as being a one-man team, reliant on Robin van Persie.

While a fully fit Dutchman may well have been the difference maker to win them the title last season, selling him has enabled Wenger to re-focus on adding new players, and seen others like Aaron Ramsey step up and develop.

More consistency - and regular football - needs to come from both Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to reach the same level, but if the Welshman proved anything last season, it's that patience can pay off.

What do you make of Arteta's comments? Is this the best Arsenal squad for a decade?

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