Despite sitting six points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and Liverpool, Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is confident that his side can go on to win the title. He says that there is still belief inside the Arsenal dressing room, and that it will remain to be this way ‘until the season finishes’.
These comments from Bendtner come after a rather disappointing run of form for Arsene Wenger’s men. First of all, there was the 4-4 draw at home to arch-rivals Tottenham after twice letting a two goal lead slip, then it was a defeat at Stoke City and this was followed by a frustrating 0-0 draw against Fenerbahce. That makes it three games without a win.
This hasn’t been the only lapse in form for Arsenal this season though, as they have already lost three Premier League games. Fulham defeated them in August, Hull City beat them in September and as we know, Stoke beat them last weekend. According to the football odds, Arsenal should have won all three of these games, and they must stop losing so regularly.
Bendtner is remaining positive though and believes that he and his team-mates have the ability to ‘prove people wrong’ in the coming months.
Should this be the case, one thing needs to happen – Arsenal have to beat Manchester United tomorrow, or at least avoid defeat. Bendtner believes that Arsenal often play well against ‘big teams’ and that this game will be no different.
Not just for the points gained, but for the confidence gained, a win would do wonders for Arsenal. Perhaps, despite what Bendtner says, there has been a slight lack of belief in the camp and nothing would restore this better than a victory over Manchester United. A win would take the Gunners above Alex Ferguson’s side and Arsenal can start their season again.
Something rather significant about the game against Manchester United is that with Emmanuel Adebayor, Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie all likely to miss the game through injury, there is set to be a new-look strike force for Wenger. Bendtner – who says that he always feels ‘confident’ going into a game, will be joined by Carlos Vela, the Mexican who scored a hat-trick in the Carling Cup earlier this year. It will be interesting to see how they perform against Manchester United’s defence.
As for Arsenal’s title challenge, well, as much as a victory tomorrow would give them renewed hope, they would still be relying on both of Liverpool and Chelsea slipping up a few times and that doesn’t seem likely at this stage.
Bendtner and Arsenal will keep soldiering on though and will be hoping that the game against Ferguson’s men can be the start of a very long unbeaten run.
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting