Is it time we started to believe in Arsenal title challenge?

By Avenell Dave

I've got a confession to make.

Twenty five years ago, when Arsenal headed to Anfield after drawing with Wimbledon and losing at home to Derby, handing the initiative to Liverpool, I had lost all hope of us winning the title.

Arsenal had never won it in my lifetime and with the moments ticking by, chances going begging and Liverpool players starting to prepare themselves for celebration, I had resigned myself to the fact that we were going to be gallant losers and we only had ourselves to blame.

What happened in that magical minute with Michael Thomas scored so very late will stay with me forever.

Even now, I choke up whenever I see that clip (including every home game when it's played on the big screens).

We've had some highs and lows at Anfield in recent years as well.

I remember Neil Mellor scoring with a last minute long range shot the like of which he never emulated in a career than only went down after that.

I recall Tomas Rosicky putting it to them in the FA Cup and Julio Baptista helping himself to a few, making it nine goals we scored against them in a matter of a few days.

I remember Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott (who??) scoring in a Champions League game we ultimately lost and Andrey Arshavin's four goals that still weren't enough to earn us a win.

Looking back at the records, we've won the last three Premier League games at Anfield since that 4-4 but that will count for nothing tomorrow.

Arsenal are the only side to shut Liverpool out when Suarez and Sturridge both played and another clean sheet tomorrow would be very welcome thank you very much.

Given that we play before everyone else again, winning this game would put pressure on others and ensure we keep top spot whatever happens.

Still no one believes we can win the title and to a certain degree, I quite like it that way.

Alex Ferguson's greatest triumph, in my opinion, was winning the title last season with the squad he then left David Moyes to struggle with.

In RvP and Wayne Rooney they have two superb players but elsewhere, there is little to get excited about.

We, by comparison, are a much stronger squad and to my mind the only irreplaceable player we have is Per Mertesacker.

The Big Friendly German organises and cajoles, his reading of the game is superb and he should, by all intents and purposes, be our captain.

So if United can win the title with their uninspiring squad by eeking out wins, why can't we do the same with an arguably stronger team who now have the experience as well as the desire to prove the doubters wrong?

Everyone is talking about how big a month this is for Arsenal and granted, if we lose every game, it will be a huge disappointment and make winning trophies pretty unlikely.

But as long as we don't get any more silly red cards or long term injuries, I really am starting to believe that we can do it.

Arsene Wenger talked yesterday about keeping possession to stifle Liverpool's forward line and there is no better side at keeping the ball than Arsenal.

We have the players to win up there.

Let's do this.

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