Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been grinning like a Cheshire cat after his latest run of victories.
And he deserves a pat on the back for navigating his way to the top of the league and into the knockout phase of The Champions League with numerous injuries to contend with concurrently.
And he remained upbeat in his weekly press conference ahead of the crunch clash with Manchester City at The Emirates on Monday night (Kick Off 20:00 GMT)
He gave positive news on the injury front by stating that star man Alexis Sanchez could return after a short period on the sidelines.
The big boss man said there was:
“A slight chance for Sanchez to be in the game. He is running.”
Which probably means that his chances of playing are more than ‘slight’.
And when asked about the current travails of Chelsea (this was before Jose Mourinho was sacked), and whether they were serious relegation candidates, he said:
“No, because of the quality of their team. If you ask me objectively I say no chance. They are going through a difficult spell but they are not in a relegation battle.”
And on to the juicy bit about whether he foresees any transfer activity for Arsenal in January, he said:
“We are open minded and not the only ones that can decide on the speed of transfers,”
“We have to adapt to availabilities but we are open to do something because we are short.”
And he waxed lyrical about the recent form of Mesut Ozil which has been nothing short of blistering:
“Ozil is the main provider in the team and the league, 13 assists. Players who can make you score are very difficult to find and have something special. But people forget many times that he is an exceptional fighter as he runs much more and has added runs into the box now. He has become an absolutely unbelievable player.”
We believe that if Arsenal beat Manchester City on Monday they should win the league. it is certainly their best chance in 5 years at least.
With other elite clubs struggling it has to be now or never for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.