Arsenal fans know that winning the Premier League is an unbelievably hard thing to do, so despite the Gunners recovering from a shaky start to be level on points with Man City at the top of the table, we are not getting ahead of ourselves. But with 13 places and 11 points between Arsenal and Chelsea, we have already seen them off haven´t we?
A lot of us have already dismissed the challenge from one of our main EPL rivals Chelsea, after West Ham did us a massive favour by adding the scalp of the Stamford Bridge club to that of Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal. The latest setback for Chelsea has also heaped pressure on their loudmouth arrogant manager, but while we are all loving the problems of Jose Mourinho, Jack Wilshere has warned us not to write them off yet.
Arsenal are certainly the form team but we know how quickly things can turn around in football and that is why Jack believes that Chelsea and Mourinho could still have a big say in the title race. In an interview reported by The Mirror, Wilshere reminded us that Chelsea proved last season that they have what it takes to win the Premier League and if they can just get over their recent slump, it is not too late for them to come back.
He said, “There is not really much talk about it, we’re trying to focus on ourselves. Of course, going into the game yesterday we’d knew they’d lost the game and we’re obviously delighted with them losing games like that because they’re a big team and for me they’re still not out of it. I’m not sure how many points they are behind but they still have great quality, great characters, great leaders [like] John Terry, Gary Cahill and players who won’t settle for what is going on at the moment so I expect them to come back strong.
“I don’t think [you could have predicted their start]. But I don’t think they’re out of it yet. I know they’re struggling at the moment and they are a long way off but they still have great players, still have great qualities. They have players from last season who won the league, they definitely won’t be happy with what is going on at the moment so it will be difficult for them but they have great quality.”
As well as respecting Chelsea´s strengths though, Wilshere is quietly confident that his team mates can keep their feet on the ground and keep getting the results that have sparked our hopes of the Premier League trophy.
He went on, “I wouldn’t say it is too early [to start dreaming about the title] because that’s what we all want to do – win the league. We feel week in, week out we get stronger and stronger. That’s all we can do, we can take each game as it comes. We didn’t start the Champions League well either but we got a big result in the week for that as well, we’re still in that and things are going well at the moment.”
Let´s hope that the Gunners are still up at the top when Jack is fit to play again. By then we should have a clearer picture of which clubs have a realistic chance of the title, but will Chelsea be one of them?