To be honest it has seemed to be something of a struggle for Arsenal over the last month or two, even when we have been winning. The really free flowing and incisive Gunners that we saw earlier in the season in games like the demolition of Chelsea have been missing too often, but with an easing of the fixture list and an improvement in the club’s injury situation there are signs that Arsenal are getting back to our best.
We need to in all honesty, especially when Arsene Wenger and the lads turn up to Stamford Bridge on the first weekend in February, so to hear the increasingly confident noises coming from the Emirates can only be a good thing and one of our players with more reason than most to be full of confidence at the minute is Olivier Giroud.
The scorpion kicking Frenchman is on a red hot streak in front of goal at the moment and if Arsenal are to make a fist of this title challenge we will need him to keep it up. But it is not just his own form that is giving the striker belief, but the knowledge that there is a long way to go and that Arsenal do have the ability to beat anyone and go on a great run of games.
Giroud is also using the memory of that great win over Chelsea in September to bolster his belief and that of his Arsenal teammates, as reported by The Mirror, so even though things might get tough again when the Champions League starts again I think we can expect good things for a while at least.
He said, “Our goal is to win the championship. The race is not finished. We beat Chelsea in the first leg and there is still time to recover.
“We are still in January. The finish line is far away. I believe that the Premier is still open.
“In football there are no impossible challenges. The success of Leicester last season, and the same for Portugal at the Euros, demonstrates that the most important thing in our sport is to believe in your own ability.”
If the centre forward’s confidence is typical of the feeling in the Arsenal dressing room then one thing is for sure, that Burnley must be wary of what will happen to them in the game this Sunday.