Arsenal Latest News : ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger warned Chelsea last night: “We will hunt you down!”
The Emirates manager was positively crowing about having a virtually full-strength
squad, strengthened by the arrival of Brazilian defender Gabriel
Paulista for £11.2million from Villarreal.
League leaders Chelsea will need to collapse like a pound shop suitcase for Arsenal to back Wenger’s claim.
But even he is allowed to dream and, while it’s tempting to dismiss an Arsenal title challenge as a stuff of fantasy, history is on his side.
Seventeen years ago Wenger’s Arsenal were 13 points behind leaders Manchester United over Christmas but whittled it down to lift the title.
He’s positive history can repeat itself now that his squad is coming together and the likes of Jack Wilshere will soon be fit.
The Gunners are on a roll, having beaten Manchester City away and, when Wenger was asked if they can be serious title contenders, he said: “We can. It is our target.
"We have to be realistic, but you never know.
"A few mistakes and the picture changes. What we want is to win every game. We can at the moment.
"Chelsea are 13 points ahead. It could be more by the end of the weekend and they need to lose five games while they have lost only two until now.
"What we want to do is focus on our performances and show that we can produce consistent results. That’s what we want to do."
Wenger is so confident about the final hurdles he allowed the likes of Yaya
Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell to go out of loan.
still have a selection dilemma," said Wenger. "We’ve got three players
out on loan so you imagine the number of players we have.
"We have a good squad, compact, but of quality. With the competition it will be very hard to choose between them."
He’s looking at Olivier Giroud to continue his goal scoring at Aston Villa today and revealed he never once thought of selling him despite a dip in form.
"Olivier is doing very well at the moment," said Wenger. "He had a
good game at Manchester City and an acceptable one at Brighton.
was never a time when I thought his future might be elsewhere. No,
never, because always he’s a player who gives you different options in
"In some games you can play Alexis Sanchez or Danny
Welbeck up front, but Olivier, his specific qualities, are always
interesting, he always gives you that."
Wenger can’t wait to see Gabriel play because he admires the qualities players from Sao Paulo bring to football.
He added: “We have had Gilberto Silva from there, we were lucky also having Edu and Sylvinho from the same place.
"They are top-level class people with the hunger and love for football. In their country it is a religion.
"Sao Paulo is a bit like London, you have many clubs and every game is a fight."