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Arsene Wenger rates Arsenal’s top-four chances and sends advice to Mikel Arteta

Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the club could be the Premier League’s ‘surprise package’ (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has confidently backed Arsenal to secure a place in the top-four this season and says Mikel Arteta’s men could be the Premier League’s ‘surprise package’ after the club ‘bought well’ in the summer transfer window.

Arteta – who steered Arsenal to FA Cup glory and an eighth-place finish after picking up the pieces from Unai Emery last season – demanded reinforcements in defence and midfield in order to improve on what was a promising debut campaign as manager.

The Gunners reached a £27million agreement with Rennes for centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes at the start of last month but supporters were made to wait for a new signing in the middle of the park.

Arteta has impressed Wenger since taking over the reins from Emery (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal identified Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar as their two primary targets but looked set for disappointment as deadline day approached.

However, Arsenal made a last-ditch move to sign Partey and got their man after activating a £45m release clause in the…