Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs thinks a big result against Liverpool on the weekend will help his side win the Premier League.
The Gunners begin their daunting run of fixtures with a trip to Merseyside on Saturday, with Gibbs vowing they want to send out “a big statement” to everyone else.
Speaking to The Mirror, Gibbs said: “I think it would make a big statement if we won there - just like it did when we played Liverpool at home.
“Before that game, we had not played any big games and although we were sitting at the
top of the league, people were saying, ‘There’s a big game coming now, that will put it into perspective.’
“It will be like that again because we have got a lot of big games coming up, so it will be another test. As the weeks go on, we are just going to be put under a bigger and bigger test.”
The league leaders also play Manchester United, two games against Bayern Munich, as well
as Liverpool again, in the FA Cup, in their coming games. There’s no doubt this will be a defining period for Arsene Wenger and his side, but the England international believes this is what all footballers relish.
“It will be great to be a part of it – playing against the best teams in the world. Everyone enjoys the big games and this is just another big game to show what we can go and do,” he said.
It was 2-0 to Arsenal in the reverse fixture in October, but a repeat result will not be easy against a Liverpool side who have lost just once at home in the league this season.
However, Gibbs thinks if they can win, it would add to the confidence they already have: “It is February and we are top of the league so you have to have some kind of confidence to think you can win the league.”
And despite currently being at the summit of the Premier League, two points ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea, The Gunners are outsiders to win the title but Gibbs claimed he doesn’t mind that.
“Going in as the underdogs takes the pressure off, but we are not looking at the odds of winning the Premier League. We just want to win the Premier League.”
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