Time for Arsenal to start believing in themselves

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Arsenal are coming off the back of an emphatic Champions League win and sit just below Man City in the Premier League by three points, so Sunday’s game will be big.

It may feel as if there’s plenty of time to turn it around later should we lose, but if Man City win and finish above us in May we will look back on this one and wince.

I feel we need to win this one if we’re going to start believing in ourselves as title contenders. We need confidence in our ability to be consistent. That’s it. We know we can play great football, just ask Shakthar Donetsk. But where does the key to consistency lay? Is it the manager’s responsibility or the player’s togetherness? Down to luck, does it come with time or a tactical requirement?

It’s got to be a conspiracy of factors, I’m sure. Arsene Wenger, the club and the players are doing everything right. The problems with our consistency are due to injuries, which have called into question the depth of the squad and highlighted that in defence we’re not as strong as in attack, in quality and depth.

As a result of the injuries at the back we’ve not been tight, we’ve leaked goals and it has cost us. I think once all of our defence can cope with real, gruelling wars or a constant threat from an in-form strike force, we will find real confidence and then those little bits of luck will start to go our way.

But until such time that we are defensively strong – consistently – glory will elude us, and most probably silverware too. We don’t want that. We don’t deserve that, considering the football we play. We’re the genius that the Premier League has been crying out for, the brilliant underachievers that are yet to fulfil their potential. A win away at Man City this Sunday will be the first step to satisfying our promise.

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