Arsenal lacked belief under Arsene Wenger but will have “a great season” under new manager Unai Emery, says former midfielder Santi Cazorla.
Cazorla left the Gunners in the summer to return to Villarreal and is playing again after long-term injury problems.
“We needed to believe in ourselves more,” he told Football Focus.
“To believe that we were capable of competing with the big sides in the Premier League and not just settling for third or fourth.”
The 33-year-old Spaniard won two FA Cups in six seasons with Arsenal but the closest he came to a title was a second-placed finish in 2015-16, when Wenger’s side finished 10 points adrift of champions Leicester.
Arsenal finished fifth in 2016-17 and sixth last season. They have started 2018-18 with three wins and two defeats from their opening five league games and host Everton on Sunday at 16:00 BST.