Arsenal can finish above Tottenham this season – Szczesny
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident Arsenal can still finish above their London rivals despite Manchester City defeat
Wojciech Szczesny is backing Arsenal to finish above London rivals Tottenham Hotspur this season.
The Gunners fell further behind their north London neighbours following their 1-0 defeat by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Tottenham edged past Sunderland 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
But Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny is convinced ArsÃ¨ne Wenger’s men will be able to claw back the five-points to Harry Redknapp’s side, who have also played a game less than the Gunners.
“Getting above Tottenham is the main target,” Szczesny told the London Evening Standard. “We don’t want to finish below them no matter what.
“That’s just my personal ambition because I am one of the fans and so it means a lot to me to finish above them. I am confident we will do so.
“They will slip up eventually. They have been in good form – you have to give it to them – but I am confident we are a better side and will finish above them.
“Time will tell if they can handle the pressure but they look good at the moment. Hopefully they will drop points in the second half of the season.”
Arsenal suffered their first Premier League defeat in eight games as David Silva’s second-half goal settled a thrilling game at Eastlands.
But despite the loss, Szczesny was pleased with his side’s display and insists the result should not affect their recent return to form as they prepare to travel to Villa Park on Wednesday.
“I don’t think there is a big gap between the teams [City and Arsenal] in terms of quality,” Szczesny said. “They just got the winning goal and that was the difference.
“But we showed that we are just as good as the richest team and possibly, at the moment, the best team in the league, so that gives us confidence we can beat everyone else.
“They will drop points. They lost against Chelsea, who are a good side, and they seemed to have got their confidence back. We are confident, playing well while they are on top of the league but United are catching up. Everyone can win it still.
“It is too big a gap but we hope we can make it smaller and then we can talk about challenging for the title. We are confident going into the Christmas period that we can get the results.”