Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has undermined Arsene Wenger by insisting that the north London club's season is far from over, stating his belief that the Gunners can still challenge for the Premier League title. (The Guardian)
The French tactician conceded that his side aren't good enough to win the domestic crown in the aftermath of Arsenal's 2-1 defeat against Swansea prior to the international break, suggesting that Chelsea are well on course to claim top spot.
However, Podolski - who has struggled for regular action at the Emirates so far this term - is adamant that he and his team-mates will fight right until the end of the campaign because anyone can beat anyone in England's top-flight.
"In the Premier League you have a tough game every week," he said. "It's not like other leagues where you only have three top games in a season.
"You can always speak about problems but the season is not finished. The Premier League is the best league in the world. It is not like in Spain where you have two teams or in Germany where you have [only] Bayern Munich.
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"You see it every week, that every game is tough. Home and away every team is hard to play. You can never say that the three points are easy to get."
But, with 12 points already separating themselves and Chelsea at the top of the table, the Germany international is well aware that the Gunners need to start picking up points quickly, starting with this Saturday's crunch clash against Manchester United.
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Sam Allardyce has admitted that West Ham are no nearer to finding a solution to the uncertain future of Winston Reid, amid ongoing speculation linking the player with Arsenal. (talkSPORT)
The New Zealand international has been identified by Arsene Wenger as a possible defensive recruit at the Emirates, with the Hammers star's current contract at Upton Park set to expire at the end of the season.
Arsenal target Andre-Pierre Gignac could have a similar impact to Eric Cantona in the Premier League, according to former Marseille star Pascal Olmeta. (The Express)
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