Arsenal can challenge in Premier League and Champions League, says Sagna

Bacary Sagna believes Arsenal now have the squad to mount a challenge in the Premier League and the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

While manager Arsene Wenger has played down the Gunners’ chances of lifting either trophy come the end of the season, Sagna has said the team are intent on maintaining the confidence currently coursing through the squad by continuing to win games, and if they manage to do that then they will be contenders come May.

At the moment the team is very confident, we are very ambitious and the best way to do that is to win games, the right-back said. “We have to take it game by game until the end. We have the quality to do it and I think we can do it, but we have to stay focused until the end and we have to keep working hard.

Sagna pointed to the signings of Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Ozil and the good form of Olivier Giroud as reasons why Arsenal had hit their stride so early, commending Giroud on his application in training and the striker’s potential to improve. “He is always questioning himself, knows what he did well and what he did wrong,” Sagna said.

Olivier tries to work on it during training sessions and tries to communicate with the boss, is always asking about his positioning, what he could do more. He is a very good player, good physically in front of the goal and finishes well. We need to give him time and I think he will improve even more, and be more decisive.

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