Lukas Podolski refuses to give up on Premier League dream

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is adamant that last weekend's shock 6-0 defeat to Chelsea should not be considered fatal to their fleeting title dream, if they can respond quickly against Swansea tonight.

The Gunners crumbled at Stamford Bridge, conceding twice in seven minutes and failing to recover as they slipped seven points behind table toppers Chelsea as we head towards the business end of the campaign.

Podolski was substituted after just 24 minutes of that clash as Arsene Wenger was forced to sacrifice the German international following Kieran Gibbs' controversial red card, but with Swansea visiting the Emirates this evening there is little time to dwell on what went wrong in a calamitous London derby.

Wenger's men are without a whole host of key players through injury as they prepare for a hectic run of fixtures which include matches against Swansea, Manchester City and Everton over the next fortnight, but Podolski has refused to be downbeat ahead of this evening's game in-hand.

The 28-year-old believes Arsenal still have plenty to play for and can quickly reverse negative thoughts about their character by providing the right response in their next two home matches.

He told the German Football Association's [DFB] official website:  "For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. The competition is incredibly close, with five or six teams challenging for the top places, so it was always clear to me that there wouldn't be a team capable of sitting on the top of the table all season long.

"It's extremely tough in the top four and we're still in contention. We've got to keep trusting in our strengths. Chelsea was a setback, but we can't let ourselves self-destruct now."

With first-team options currently limited Podolski has a chance to prove his worth during the home stretch, despite enduring a frustrating campaign from a personal point of view through injuries and a lack of first-team football.

Podolski still has seven goals in all competitions though despite those struggles, which makes him a leading candidate to find goals for Arsenal when it counts in the final two months of the campaign.

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