Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal can begin to challenge Manchester United as genuine title contenders in the coming seasons.
Arsenal have failed to mount a serious title challenge in recent campaigns with their last Premier League title coming in 2004.
At that stage, Arsenal's rivalry with United was at a peak as the two clubs fought for top status. But the ascent of teams such as Chelsea and Manchester City, have seen Arsenal drop out of contention in recent years.
However Wenger is optimistic the Gunners will regain their status as title contenders and challenge the likes of United for the championship.
"In the last few years we have been less direct competitors with Manchester United," he told Sky Sports.
"Other teams have come in and we are less in competition for the championship in the last two or three years. So I hope it will come a bit tighter again."
Last season United thrashed Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford and Wenger admits he was stung by the humiliating result.
"Of course we never thought we would lose to such a score but in terms of purely footballing meaning it had little significance. But as an emotional impact, I will never forget."
Asked if it was his worst day as Arsenal manager, he said: "No. Losing the Champions League final in the last ten minutes was worse. Emotionally it was may be the worst day because you want the fans to be proud and happy."