This is a season when Arsenal fans are keen to see the protracted trophy drought come to an end. There were 4 trophies on offer at the start of the season but one dropped off yesterday after the Gunners were bundled out of the Capital One Cup by Chelsea. That leaves us with the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. Arsenal are still very much in the Premier League as they are currently leading the Premier League log and have a good chance of making the knock out stages of the Champions League. The FA Cup is yet to start. Arsenal’s midfielder Mikel Arteta has declared that contrary to the counsel of some pundits that Arsenal will only finish in the top 4, the Gunners are gunning for the EPL title and won’t be settling for just a top 4 finish and I can’t but agree with him.
“No, I wouldn’t take it, I always expected us to do better than fourth place,”
“It’s very pleasing [to be top] and it takes a lot of pressure off.
“We know how we’ve been over the last few seasons and how difficult it is to go into every game knowing how far away you are from your opponents.
“This is where we want to be and we will fight hard to stay where we are.”
“You need that degree of toughness, we have had difficult moments in different periods of games, and when you manage to get the points at the end despite that, it increases your confidence and makes a massive difference,” he continued.
“We want to maintain where we are now, it’s the most open Premier League title in years because of the quality of the players and the teams.
“We want to challenge and I think we’re able to do it because we have the quality and the desire, but there’s still a long way to go.”
Of course, there is still a long way to go before we can be crowned England champions. November has been tagged as a critical period in our quest to rule England again but our cause seems to have been helped by our ouster from the Capital One Cup. Now, we have only 2 competitions to focus on as against still battling with Capital One Cup distraction. Our squad is good enough to maintain the momentum till the winter window.