Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal’s squad is as good as any in Europe and has pinpointed Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United as the perfect opportunity for the Gunners to underline their growing confidence.
Hailing victory over Bayern Munich in Germany as a turning point, the young England international also stressed that a win over Fergie’s newly crowned Premier League champions would be the perfect fillip as the race for a top four place heats up.
“Obviously it’s a massive game for us with a Champions League place at stake but it’s also massive for next season with the confidence we can get from winning.
“The win over Bayern wasn’t enough to get us to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals but it was still a massive boost for us as a side. We’re still feeding off the momentum of that and a win over United can have the same effect.
“As a team we’re as good as anyone in the Premier League, right up there with the best in Europe and worldwide.
“There’s a few things we need to tie up but we’ve been working hard as a team and becoming an increasingly tight unit and we’re winning games that we should win. We have quality players in our side and believe we can beat anyone.”
The Gunners have won eight of their last ten games in the league, amassing 25 points from 30 in a run which stretches back to the beginning of February. It’s been an impressive show of potential forged on the back of some very harsh lessons.
“It’s been up and down for us this year,” he continued. “We’ve had some lows, the cups in particular. The defeats against Bradford and Blackburn really hurt us, they were games we felt we really should have won.
“And then there was the low of the first leg against Bayern. But as a team we’ve learned from those negatives and been able to enjoy some highs, such as the second leg against Bayern and, hopefully, we will continue like that for the remainder of the season.”
Arseblog News certainly hopes so too…