Aaron Ramsey feels Arsenal can get off to a flyer next season.

An Arsenal squad already bolstered by the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will kick off the new campaign against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium in a little over six weeks, and Ramsey's expectations are high.

"Absolutely, I'm convinced we can do well in the new season," he told Arsenal.com.

"The important thing is to get off to a better start than we did last year. If we do that and get ourselves into the mix, we can compete for trophies.

"We had a fantastic run from February onwards to get into that top three - even though a lot of people doubted us. We showed character to do that, we showed how determined we are to do well. This time we want to get off to a strong start and if we do we can have an exciting season."