What the papers say: Arsenal are better than Chelsea says Zola

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The Sun - Only we believe we can win it
ARSENE WENGER believes Arsenal are more dangerous this season — because no one expects them to win the title.

The Daily Mirror - Zola admits: 'Arsenal are better than Chelsea'
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola paid Arsenal the ultimate tribute after claiming they are a better footballing team than his beloved Chelsea.

The Daily Mail - Captain Cesc Fabregas bans Barcelona talk to focus on title charge
Matches are played on grass not on paper and as Arsenal's hard-fought victory over West Ham proved, Arsene Wenger's side will need to rely on more than attractive football if they are to profit fully from a comfortable-looking title run-in.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas maintains the Gunners would have had to face Barcelona sooner or later if they are to fulfil their dream of becoming the best in Europe this season.

The Times - Arsenal for once happy to win ugly after Thomas Vermaelen's dismissal
Those renowned for their beauty tend to hide indoors when suffering a tick or acne and there have been times when Arsenal seemed to be the sort of team that would rather not be exposed to the glare of the spotlight that accompanies success unless their achievements were aesthetically pleasing. However, just as Cesc Fàbregas was prepared to play with a beard grown to disguise evidence of a neck infection, at present Arsenal mind little how prettily they might win the title.

The Independent - Vermaelen's red card was unlucky but Wenger is wrong to criticise rules
Arsène Wenger was reminiscing on Friday about the most significant red card of his career: that one in the Champions League final of May 2006 when Jens Lehmann raced off his line to crash into Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o with all the control of a Volkswagen Westfalia with imperfect brakes.

The Daily Telegraph - Arsenal plan all-out attack in search of improbable Premier League title
Six down, seven to go – and, with each passing week, the debate moves beyond whether Arsenal are capable of winning the Premier League to just where it would rank among Arsene Wenger’s greatest achievements.

The Guardian - Lionel Messi sends warning to Arsenal with another hat-trick
Lionel Messi sent a warning to Arsenal ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona by scoring a superb hat-trick in a 4-2 victory at Real Zaragoza tonight. It was Messi's second hat-trick in two league games, after he had blown away Valencia in similar fashion last Sunday, and it would have made grim viewing for Arsenal.

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