Arsene Wenger believes the Premier League title is Arsenal’s to lose and he is confident his side are strong enough to go on and lift the trophy at the end of the season.
The Gunners sit third place in the league, just two points behind leaders Manchester City having played one game less and Wenger is convinced that his side can continue their run of good performances and claim their first league title since 2004.
Speaking after his side’s 3-0 victory over West Ham United, Wenger said: “It’s a convincing win. In fact we are on a convincing run in the Premier League.
“I think it is in our hands in the fact that we play all the strong teams at home and have a strong run at home after playing away games so it is down to us.”
The 61-year-old added that his youthful side has improved since last season and he feels the progress and consistency the team has shown this season could bring in a new era of glory rather than leave them languishing in the halls as the lady-in-waiting of the Premier League as usual: “If you look at our results away from home, they are of course a lot better than our results last year and that’s a sign of maturity.”
Cahill too costly.
Arsene Wenger might be about to rule out Bolton’s Gary Cahill as a potential transfer target as he is unwilling to meet The Trotters’ valuation of the 25-year-old, according to The Daily Mail.
Bolton are looking for something in the region of £20million for the defender but Wenger looks unlikely to offer more than £8million.
The Gunners boss has been in the market for another centre-back to replace the injured Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci.
The likely end to the speculation surrounding Arsenal and Gary Cahill comes days after the Frenchman was told to cross Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic off of his wishlist.
The London club have also been heavily linked with Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker and West Ham United’s Matthew Upson as their look for another centre-back continues.
Rosell hints Fab deal not dead.
Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has hinted that the Spanish champions could resume his pursuit of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas in the summer.
The Catalan giants have been pursuing the Spaniard for some time and made a bid of around £50million for the midfielder last summer, only to have it rejected by Arsene Wenger.
The World Cup winner spent six years at the Barcelona youth academy before joining the Gunners as a teenager, and after seven years in the Arsenal first team he has made no implications that he wants to return to the Camp Nou in the near future.
Speaking to Spanish reporters, Rosell was asked whether or not another move for Fabregas this summer was on the cards, he replied: “Will we sign Cesc [Fabregas] this summer? I’ll tell you in June.”