Santi Cazorla has conceded that Arsenal have not been good enough to win the Premier League title, but says he'll look back on the 2014/15 campaign positively if they finish as runners-up and retain the FA Cup.
The Spain international's comments come ahead of Sunday's high-profile clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford, which could prove decisive in the ongoing battle for second place.
Arsene Wenger's side suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat against Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, but will be hoping to bounce back from that latest setback by securing three points against the Red Devils today.
Reflecting on what has been the Gunners' Achilles heel, Cazorla says the team's tendency to lose key games away from home is the only thing preventing them from a serious domestic title tilt, and he's issued a rallying call to his team-mates in north London in the build-up to their meeting with Louis van Gaal's men.
“In our eyes, Arsenal are always a candidate to win the Premier League, the players really believe that," he is quoted saying by the Sunday Mirror. "But over the years we have dropped key points in stadiums where we need to win. That’s our handicap and the thing we need to change.
“I would say the season for Arsenal is positive. We are in the FA Cup Final and we are fighting for second place in the Premier League.
“Being knocked out of the Champions League was painful because we played our worst game of the year at home against Monaco. That was the low point. But overall it’s been good.”
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