Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident that the Gunners can win the Premier League title, but warns the fans that it will not be without a few ‘hiccups’ along the way, as reported by Sky Sports.
Currently, Arsenal are top of the Premier League table, one point clear of second place Leicester City following their 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates on Monday night. It could be short lived however, as should the Foxes manage to beat Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening they will reclaim top spot.
“We’re in a strong position now, it’s where we would like to be,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the club’s website.
“There have been some hiccups along the way and I’m sure there will be a few more but we need to build on this half of the season and go into the New Year positively and in the right manner.
“You need to build momentum. It’s all about getting the right results and as many results as possible from here.
“From day to day, we need to turn it around if we have a bad result. We need to turn that around and we got the right result.
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“We know we’re capable of winning games. The boss said to us that the team that lost at Southampton is no different to the one that beat Manchester City at home.”
With a host of injuries to contend with, the Ox praised the players that Wenger had available for selection, but added he hoped his injured teammates would come back soon.
“We’ll hopefully get some injured players back soon and that will boost us again, but the boys have been really good so far,” he added.
“We need to keep that going and [the win over Bournemouth] was a good step and a good way to end the year.”
Looking at the Premier League fixture list, Arsenal’s next match is at home to third from bottom Newcastle United on the 2nd of January. On paper this should be an easy three points, but with the Magpies looking to bounce back from consecutive 1-0 defeats to Everton and West Bromwich Albion, we can’t take them for granted.
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Following on from the Newcastle match the Gunners have another (theoretically) relatively easy game against second from bottom Sunderland, before two tricky away fixtures against Stoke City and Liverpool.
We all know there will be the odd bump before the end of the season – although hopefully none as bad as the Southampton loss – but the fact remains we are top of the table. The title really is ours to lose at the moment, and we need to make sure the hiccups are minimised.