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The ex-England defender is confident about his former side’s chances this season as Arsenal prepare to kick off their campaign against Crystal Palace

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By Bhas Khunju

Sol Campbell believes Arsenal can go all the way in the 2014-15 Premier League title race, providing they suffer no major injuries.

The north Londoners last won the league championship a decade ago, but hopes are high going into the new campaign following the arrival of Chile World Cup star Alexis Sanchez.

"We mainly want to be strong from start to finish this season," Campbell told Goal. "Last year we just faded in the middle when we got a few injuries at the wrong time and things went against us. When we got some players returning at the back-end of the year we produced again.

"Fingers crossed injuries will not hit the strength and depth of our squad too much and then we can make a charge and hopefully win another trophy.

"If you look at the fact we lost Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain at the wrong point of the season. In the middle of the season we lost four of our dynamic players.

"We need to get those players back fully fit – as we have with some of them and get everyone firing on all cylinders through the whole season and then add new players into the mix, which we are doing."

Arsenal led the Premier League for much of the first half of last season, but fell away in the New Year and had to make do with fourth place and an FA Cup success.

Campbell continued: "If you look at how close we were to the top of the table towards the end of last season when we got the players back fit and if we can get a cohesive and injury free season and add some more then yes, I don’t see why we can’t push for the Premier League title.

"We have got the players, we just need to make sure we are all there because you cannot go a whole season and win the Premier League without that depth, a strong bench and options who can offer something different without the level dropping. That is what we have got to do and it looks like they are doing it now."

Arsenal kick off their new Premier League campaign with a home clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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