As any football fan knows, “It’s the hope that kills you.”
But with 22 games down and Arsenal still top of the league, a position we’ve had a stranglehold on since 12 September, it’s time to believe. So says Jack Wilshere.
Speaking after the Gunners latest win, the 2-0 victory over Fulham at the Emirates, the midfielder stressed that his teammates will only win the title if they start thinking like champions: “We must believe. If we don’t have belief, we have no chance.
“We take each game as it comes, but in the back of our head we are top of the league and we want to stay top of the league.
Casting an eye on the challenge presented by the huddle of teams tucked in behind Arsenal, the 22-year-old continued:
“It is there for four or five teams to take, it is that tight, if anyone drops points it can change.
“Manchester City are very strong at home and their away form has got a lot better as well. They will be one of our main rivals, but we have to play them here still.
“As long as we keep going, take it game by game we have a chance.”
Elsewhere Lukas Podolski sent a message to fans via Facebook echoing Wilshere’s desire to stay top of the table while reiterating that he’s won his fitness battle.
“Five victories in a row – we’re on a good way! I was out for 4 months. But I worked hard and now I’m fit again!
“To be a Gunner is a fantastic feeling. Our aim is to stay in the top!”
Perhaps the German was buoyed by Arsene Wenger’s positive post-match comments about his status in the squad, in which he made clear the attacker will feature more regularly.
“Every player who is on the bench is frustrated,” the boss told his post-match press conference.
“Lukas has a fantastic spirit and attitude and he showed that when he came on. He will play. he has been out for four-and-a-half months and it takes time, but he looks sharp.
“When he comes in he gives us something. First of all his occupies the flank well, his left foot is intelligent and dangerous. He is now physically ready.”