'Arsenal are fully equipped to win the league', says Heskey

The former Premier League striker sees no reason why the Gunners cannot claim the top-flight crown, especially as they are looking more secure at the back.

Arsenal are ‘fully equipped’ to take the Premier League title, according to former Leicester and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey.

The Gunners last claimed the top-flight crown back in 2003-04, as ‘The Invincibles’ swept all before them.

Arsene Wenger has kept his side competitive over the years, but they have been unable to get their hands back on the grandest of domestic prizes.

It could be that the class of 2016-17 return the north London outfit to the summit, with impressive progress made up to this point.

A 3-1 victory over Stoke City on Saturday lifted Arsenal to the top of the table, with their unbeaten run in the league stretching back to the opening day of the season.

Heskey has been impressed by a new-found defensive stability at the Emirates, with everything starting to come together for a side starved of title success over the past decade.

“I think they’re fully equipped to actually win it this year and really push to the end,” he told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.

“They’ve got some very, very exciting players.

“When you give them space, they have so many different runners from different positions that you can pick out any one of them and they’ve got the players to pick them out.

“As long as they’re solid defensively, which they’re showing they’re getting better at, I think they’ve got a good chance.”

Arsenal have improved at the back over recent years, with the acquisition of Petr Cech from Chelsea playing a big part in that.

Chris Kirkland believes the veteran Czech remains one of the best in the business and a safe pair of hands for the Gunners as they chase down top honours.

“He’s done it consistently for over 10 years now –especially at Chelsea,” he said.

“He’s someone you can rely on when you need to make that save. He can be quiet for 80 minutes but the top, top goalkeepers are the ones that pull off that incredible or important save at the right time, and he’s done that for years and years.”

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