Arsenal news – RvP: Utd will lose, Clichy title talks, Lehmann backs Szczesny

RvP: Utd will lose.

Robin van Persie is confident that Premier League rivals Manchester United will suffer a defeat this season.

The Red Devils are currently unbeaten in the league and hold a five point advantage over the Gunners but the Dutchman is sure Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will struggle to repeat the success Arsenal achieved when they finished the 2003-04 season unbeaten.

Speaking to Arsenal Online TV the 27-year-old said: “I am confident Manchester United will drop points, 100 per cent, because they have big games coming up – they have their own derby, they have games against Chelsea, other big games, so we will see what is going to happen.”

The striker added that his team must forget about their league rivals and concentrate on their own fixtures: “We just have to stick to ourselves and I am confident we can fight until the end.”

Clichy title talks.

Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy thinks his side can lift their first league title since 2003-04 this season and end the Gunners’ seven year trophy drought.

Arsenal became the first Premier League team to finish the season unbeaten seven years ago but have not won a competition since then.

But the 25-year-old Frenchman believes that this is the season Arsenal will finally put an end to their trophyless spell: “All the ingredients are here, good manager, great fans, great stadium, very good players. We have the talent and the quality in the squad. The spirit is there, the character is there and we are not soft any more. We are not young any more. We can play hard.

“We are still in all the competitions. Everything is there for us to do something this season. Arsenal is a big club, and at a big club you can’t afford to be five seasons without any trophies. A big club needs trophies.”

Lehmann backs Szczesny.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann believes Wojciech Szczesny has the potential to become a great goalkeeper.

The 20-year-old has stepped in for the injured Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski this season and has put in some good performances between the sticks for the Gunners.

Lehmann who played 147 Premier League games for Arsenal said to the club’s official website: “He has got everything he needs apart from the experience and the maturity, so he needs to work hard. He is very talented.”

The German added that he believes the north London side can go on and win something this season: “I think now they are coming to the end of this transition period that started after we won our last Cup. It was always obvious that Ars

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