For some people any talk of a title challenge may be a little premature, given that we are still four weeks from the halfway point in the season, but for Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny the time to make a statement about his sides Premier League chances and lay down a marker to their rivals couldn’t be more appropriate.
You see all is well with the Gunners at the moment, top of the Premier League by four points, playing with a confidence not seen in North London since the early 2000’s and scoring goals from all areas of the pitch, indeed now seems like the perfect time to ramp up the pressure, especially with the busy festive period coming up.
The fact of the matter is that if Arsenal win every game between now and the end of the season, they are champions, on paper it’s that simple, now the reality is that this isn’t going to happen, but if they keep up their performances of late and take three points on a regular basis then maybe it’s not theirs to win but the others to lose as the pressure mounts and the gap widens.
Szczesny called out to his teammates at the weekend telling reporters that his side’s good form was crucial if they are to win the league saying: “If we carry on like we are now then I’m certain we’ll be top in May.
“But we have a lot of work to do, a lot of tough games to win. There’s no point in putting pressure on ourselves. We just want to enjoy every single game, that’s bringing the best out of us and I don’t think that will change.
“We’re in a position that we’d like to be in for as long as possible. But it really doesn’t matter where we are now. It matters where we are in May.”
As we head into a round of midweek fixtures Arsene Wenger’s side will have to overcome a Hull City side high on confidence after their 3-1 win over Liverpool yesterday, and Szczesny for one isn’t taking the Tigers lightly adding: “We want to focus on the next game, which is Hull, and to keep on winning.
“If we do that, get the right result then we’ll put ourselves in a very comfortable position at the top of the table.
“It’s very good to have that cushion at the top of the table. If we want to win the league then we must do our job very professionally to beat teams like Hull.”
Professionalism is indeed the key to success in the premier League and I for one am certain that the Gunners have the goods when it comes to maintaining both their focus and structure.
In Wenger they have a determined, logical manager who knows how to get the best out of players and balance a squad to face any opponent, if he continues as he has done tactically and the players respond and continue their good form then who knows maybe they can upset the pre-season odds and land the title come May.
One thing is for sure, another three points against Hull and the title comes ever closer and the heat on the others will continue to rise.