Wojciech Szczesny believes Arsenal can keep their title hopes on course with a win over north London rivals Tottenham on Wednesday.
The Gunners suffered an extraordinary late setback at the Emirates on Sunday, squandering a much-needed win against Liverpool as Dirk Kuyt’s dramatic last-kick penalty secured the Reds a draw.
But with six games left to play and trailing Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United by as many points, the young Polish goalkeeper is confident Arsenal can create another twist in the tale starting with an all-important win at White Hart Lane.
‘Of course we still believe we can win the title,’ he told the London Evening Standard.
‘Tottenham is a very good match for us to come back from a big disappointment and we owe it to the fans because they’re very disappointed about what happened against Liverpool. We owe them a result at White Hart Lane.
‘The draw was a huge disappointment because with a minute to go we scored what we thought was a winning goal. We’re all gutted. It was a cheap penalty to give away whether it was one or not. We needed to win really badly to keep the pressure on United.’
The 20-year-old added that his team-mates are only looking forward – not backwards – dismissing the threat of reigning champions Chelsea, a place behind in third, overtaking them.
He said: ‘We’re only thinking about winning the title, not who is behind us. We go into everything to finish first.
‘We are Arsenal, we don’t want to finish second and we definitely don’t want to finish third.’
Szczensy made his first start for Arsenal in six weeks after he suffered a dislocated finger against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Although the injury is still causing him a slight degree of discomfort he remains certain that he is ready to play in his ever first north London derby.
He said: ‘I still feel a little uncomfortable when I’m in goal. I wear a special protection but it didn’t cause me any trouble against Liverpool.’