Arsene Wenger believes that his Arsenal team for the coming season is comfortably his best since the historic Invincibles side that won the club's last Premier League title with its unbeaten campaign in 2004.
If that is the case, then the excuses must also stop as to why the Gunners have failed to win the league in the last 11 years.
The debt burden of the Emirates Stadium construction has been relieved, the club is no longer losing its star players to rivals and Wenger has brought in top-quality additions over the past two years.
Wenger's squad is not quite complete. Ideally, he would add a world-class striker and a defensive midfielder to the side, but Arsenal can still boast the signing of the summer so far after it bought goalkeeper Petr Cech from bitter rival Chelsea.
Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, a proven winner and his mere presence will provide a massive confidence boost to a defense that improved greatly over the course of last season.
Arsenal's biggest problem over the last two campaigns has been its failure to perform consistently over the grueling 38-game season. In 2013-14, the Gunners were involved in a four-way title challenge well into March before falling away, while last season was the complete opposite as their title hopes were over long before Christmas before they went on a superb run in the second half of the campaign.
The challenge this season will be to hit the ground running and maintain that form right through to the final months of the season when the pressure is on.
Their improved form last season included an important win at Manchester City that not only ended a horrendous recent record against the top sides but also proved that Arsenal is capable of changing its play to a more pragmatic style against the better sides.
Too often, Wenger's men have been considered a soft touch, their gung-ho attacking philosophy picked apart by quality opposition. The task for the new season is to build on the newfound defensive solidity, particularly against the better teams and in matches away from home.
To that end, Arsenal sources say that Wenger has been working tirelessly in training on team shape, particularly on staying compact defensively in central defense and central midfield.
Francis Coquelin's emergence in central midfield has been one of the keys and it is a sign of Wenger's faith in the 24-year-old that Arsenal refused to get dragged into a bidding war for Morgan Schneiderlin.
An injury to Coquelin, though, would leave Arsenal lacking a screen in front of its defense to protect its attacking talents. The club's title hopes could hinge on the form and fitness of a player who was on loan at Charlton as recently as December.
The message from the Arsenal players during their preseason preparations has been that team spirit is better than ever. After back-to-back FA Cup victories, they have built a winning mentality and feel ready to win the title.
That confidence is largely based on the huge strength in depth when it comes to Arsenal's attacking options, supplemented by the psychological boost of marquee signings in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over the past two years.
Sanchez scored 25 goals in his first campaign at the club and has the star quality to lead the attack, providing he returns fresh after another summer tournament and does not suffer from the same fatigue issues that affected him after Christmas last season.
The Chilean and Ozil will be supported by an array of attacking talent in Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck.
Wenger has two years left on his contract, but there is a suspicion within the club that the 65-year-old may step aside at the end of this season. He felt speculation over his future caused an unnecessary distraction when his deal ran into its final year in 2013-14 and may look to avoid a repeat of that situation.
And what better way to bow out than to do it lifting the Premier League trophy? Sir Alex Ferguson retired a winner in 2013 and his old enemy will be desperate to do the same.
Wenger's current rival, of course, is Jose Mourinho, and his feud with the Chelsea manager will rumble on, with all eyes on the touchline when the teams meet in September.
Mourinho has constantly riled Wenger, not least by calling the Arsenal boss a "specialist in failure" and labeling the club's lack of a top-flight title in over a decade as "very boring."
Arsenal has the best chance since the Invincibles side to prove Mourinho wrong on both fronts this season — and Wenger can't afford to fail.