Arsenal manager hoping to pip Manchester City and Chelsea to title
The Gunners will go into the New Year top of the Premier League table following Sunday’s slender win against Newcastle, with Arsene Wenger full of belief that his team can be champions come May.
December 30th, 2013
Arsenal have been the outstanding team during the first half of the season although their advantage at the top of the table has been reduced significantly over the past few weeks after suffering defeats at Old Trafford and the Etihad, while Everton and Chelsea both left the Emirates with a point.
Wenger is hoping that his team’s best will be enough come the final reckoning, while the Frenchman believes that recent dropped points is more down to a gruelling fixture schedule than any failings on the part of his side.
“We believe in ourselves and we are determined to give our best, absolutely, and to turn back on the season at the end and think we have given our best,” said Wenger.
“I hope it will be enough, of course, but it’s a long way to go. It’s too early to say that.
“We have come out of very difficult games – we have played Everton, we have played Manchester City, Chelsea, at West Ham and Newcastle.
“We have dropped some points, but I felt it was more down to the heavy schedule and the short recovery time we have had than to the difficulty of the games.
“But we have to show it on the pitch, and that’s what we try to do.”
Arsenal host Cardiff on New Year’s Day before a plum FA Cup third round tie against Tottenham on Saturday, while matches against Aston Villa and Fulham provide an opportunity to stay ahead of the chasing pack.