By Matthew Farr
Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez has revealed how he believes the club can win the title this season.
Sanchez is keen to add the Premier League title to his trophy cabinet, having won just the FA Cup during his two full seasons under Arsene Wenger.
But the 27-year-old believes that the club already have the quality to succeed, and has claimed that the fringe players have a huge role to play in ending the team’s 12-year title drought.
Arsenal are on a 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions – since the opening day of the season – but missed their chance to go top with their 1-1 draw with rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
“I think we’re even more determined to achieve something and win the Premier League, but you have to take it slow,” Sanchez told the official Arsenal website. “We have a great team, our ambitions are high and we want to win the league,” he began.
The north London giants have not won England’s ultimate prize since their ‘Invincibles’ triumph in the 2003-04 campaign.
They currently sit fourth in the league with 24 points from their opening 11 matches. Sanchez, himself has been in sensational form this season, registering eight goals and five assists in 13 games.
“We’ve got some new players and a fantastic squad. Regardless of who’s playing, we all need to be 100 per cent focused on our work with the team and the club,” the Chile international said.
“Everything comes down to what happens from now on. All games are different and anything can happen in football. An important player might get injured – someone might leave, someone else might stay. It’s tough to keep it going, but if we stick together and keep putting the running in, I think this team can win it all,” he finished.
With important duo Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud back in the frame after lengthy injury spells, Arsene Wenger has almost a full squad at his disposal once more; which will prove key for a side that is still competing on four different fronts.
The international break comes at a good time for Arsenal, allowing them to better prepare for their next two games against Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
In other Arsenal news, the club are moving closer to securing a new long-term deal for one of their most-prized assets.