Pires: Injuries could derail Arsenal campaign

Former Gunner Robert Pires has spoken about Arsenal’s title chances this season, claiming that the North London side are in a great position to win the League provided that they keep their injuries under control. Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League table, level on points with Manchester City, and resume their campaign against Tony Pulis’ West Brom later today.

Pires, who was a part of the Invincibles side that won Arsenal’s last League title, was speaking in an interview to the Daily Star. The veteran French international stressed that the team’s style of play and belief were up to the mark, and the only thing holding them back was the spate of injuries.

We currently have the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey sidelined for the short term, while Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck remain on the long term injury list. The return of Hector Bellerin has certainly provided a much needed boost, but with the small size of our squad we cannot sustain a campaign across multiple fronts if we lose too many players.

Pires had this to say:

The team has done well particularly in the league. I think they are a team that can win the league at the end of the season.

We are in mid-November and they are doing well but what can trouble them is the number of players who are out injured.

Sometimes, I can see similarities with the football we were playing a few years ago: a football played with pace and fluidity. Of course [winning the title] is possible. It’s plausible because it’s the goal of Arsene Wenger.

He wouldn’t tell you that, but if he has to choose between the Champions League and the Premier League, he will choose the league because it’s more difficult to win and he is a very competitive person.

While most fans would not like it if we were to be eliminated from Europe, the truth is that our chances to progress from the group stages are minute at best. So it may be in our best interests to focus on the domestic title for the rest of the season as we are very well-placed to mount a serious challenge for the trophy.