The Gunners have not lifted the Premier League since the ‘Invincibles’ side of the 2003/04 claimed the top flight title. Indeed the Gunners have not managed to secure any major silverware since lifting the FA Cup back in 2005.
Oxlade-Chamberlain however said that there is a real belief among the squad that they can lift the Premier League trophy this season.
Speaking to Telegraph, he said:
We’ve been contenders ever since I came to Arsenal. Or at least that’s the feeling in the squad. We really think we can take the title.
Obviously it hasn’t happened in recent seasons. But in the form we showed at the end of last season, and when I was watching from the sidelines in the spirit we’ve shown at the start of this, in the derby, everyone was fighting for each other.
That team spirit, you can’t buy it. That, along with our manager and the signings, I’m full of optimism that this season can be a good one.
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We think we can win the title. Just like we believe we can win every competition we’re in. If you don’t believe that, then you don’t deserve to be at Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is currently out of action with a knee injury will reportedly be out of action for at least 6 months. He has earned 13 England caps, and made 25 Premier league appearances last term.
Mesut Ozil’s arrival for £42.5 million has raised spirits in and around the Emirates and restored hope that the club can return to challenging for a Premier League title that has eluded them since 2004. The new signing will bring enthusiasm and drive to both the players and fans, that can only mean good things for the Gunners as they are set to return to business as usual following the current international break.
However, one of the main worries will be whether the current side including Ozil can realistically compete for silverware on the domestic scene as well as in the Champions League. The Gunners have had a decent start to the season but there are still worries about the reliability of the back four and also on the lack of cover in the attacking department should there be an injury to Giroud.
Arsenal were in the market for an attacker on deadline day but ultimately decided against it. The Gunners are only left with Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner, who are the only recognized strikers on the bench to act as back up to Giroud. Walcott and Podolski can also play up front but its not their preferred position.
These are the worries which now can’t be addressed until January transfer window re-opens. If injuries strike, as they have often done for Arsenal over the years, Wenger’s lack of strengthening throughout his squad, may come back to haunt him in his quest for a serious tilt at the title.
I think it’s a little too early to talk about the title but Ozil’s arrival seems to have lifted the mood in the Gunners camp. What do you say Gooners?