The Gunners remained at the top of the league standings at the weekend by virtue of more goals scored, despite the club being held to a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns yesterday.
The draw ended Arsenal’s 10 game winning streak but the Spaniard believes that it will not derail his side’s chances of winning the trophy.
Speaking to Arsenal official website, he said:
After 10 games most of the teams have played against most of the teams. You know where you are and you know your level. You have played against teams at the top and teams at the bottom as well. But at the moment the league looks good.
It’s going to be tough. There are five or six teams challenging to win it so you are not depending on one or two results.
That’s what makes this league the most entertaining in Europe so we know how tough it’s going to be. But we are on a good run and we are confident with the players we have.
The Spaniard who started the Gunners last two games after missing the start of the season with a thigh injury said he is delighted to be back. He added:
It was frustrating to be out of the side because I worked so hard in pre-season and then I got injured. Psychologically it was hard to take. But I worked hard because they weren’t expecting me back for six to eight weeks and I made it back in five so I was really happy.
Arsenal have been in excellent form this season and will now go into the International break sitting at the summit of the Premier League table ahead of Liverpool on goals scored. The Gunners had the chance to go 2 points clear but could only muster a draw against West Brom but in the end the result wasn’t too bad considering Tottenham lost 3-0 to West Ham, who had the chance to go top.
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The North London club have been unstoppable this season after their opening game loss to Aston Villa at home and until yesterday’s match, but I don’t think the draw is much of a setback considering that it was an away game and West Brom were also in good form after their win against Man Utd.
The Gunners have a lot of factors going their way in their chase for that elusive trophy. We are off to a great start and many of our players are expected to return to the first team in the next month or so and the other factor is that in the past few seasons we have managed to get good amount of points against top teams which might actually help in the title challenge this season.
So if Arsenal can get consistent results against ‘lesser’ teams coupled with a few good signings in January, then we actually have a great chance of ending the drought.
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