Kyle Bartley has no plans to head out on loan this season, with it his aim to become a regular at Arsenal.
The 19-year-old took in a spell at Rangers in 2010/11, helping them to land the Scottish Premier League title.
He showed enough during his time at Ibrox to suggest that he is ready to hold down a senior role.
Bartley is, however, still some way down the pecking order at Arsenal, with a number of more experienced centre-halves currently ahead of him in Arsene Wenger's thoughts.
He is not prepared to give up, though, and believes the forthcoming campaign could be the one that sees him make the breakthrough with the Gunners.
"If I'm honest, I don't think I was anywhere near the level to play for Arsenal last season," Bartley told the club's official website.
"But I've come back, I feel really strong and I feel that I am ready now. I learned the demands of being at a top football club who are trying to win things and how important it is to be a champion and a winner.
"Every time you step on the pitch, you are going out there to win so there is a lot of pressure on you. I think I can offer something else as I am a little bit different to the other centre-backs.
"I spoke to the boss on the Friday before they left for Asia and he told me they had four centre-backs going on the tour and obviously I wasn't fully over my (knee) injury yet.
"It was always the aim to get back for the start of pre-season because it's an important time of the year. I will be back with them on Tuesday when they are back in training with a view to going to Germany with them.
"My hopes are the same as every year, to be an Arsenal first-team player. Hopefully, this year, that will happen."