Emmanuel Adebayor believes Arsenal’s faltering campaign will get back on track when they meet Manchester United in Saturday’s eagerly awaited clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite Arsenal’s recent struggles the Togolese striker remains optimistic about the current capaign and has even suggested that none of United’s players would make Arsene Wenger’s first XI.
Arsenal head into the game on the back of a defeat at lowly Stoke in their last Premier League outing, which was followed up with a disappointing goalless draw against Fenerbahce in midweek.
It has been suggested a United victory in North London would effectively end Arsenal’s title challenge, but Adebayor sees Saturday’s game as a springboard for the rest of the season.
“I don’t think I would like any of the United players in our team,” he said.
“We already have a great team and everyone is playing quite well so we are happy with our squad.
“If we play our football, we’ve got a chance to win the game.”
Adebayor will miss the game through injury, but his captain, William Gallas, shares his team-mate’s self-belief.
“I don’t think it’s over at all,” Gallas added. “It’s only six points, which is not much at this early stage.
“We have to keep believing and react well for the next game.
“We know we can play nice football but where we have to work and improve is to be focused for 90 minutes, or 94 minutes, and not think the game is over before the referee blows the final whistle.
“It down to the whole team to work, it’s not about individuals.”
Gunners’ striker Nicklas Bendtner is also confident Arsenal can beat Manchester United and silence the doubters.
“We still believe we can win the title and it will be like that until the season finishes. We owe that to ourselves,” he said. “We want to win it for everyone. We are very young but we can still prove people wrong. We shouldn’t be written off yet.
“We’re very strong and we have played well against big teams this season. It will be no different on Saturday. After what happened against Tottenham and Stoke people can get that impression that things aren’t going right but we don’t feel that way ourselves.
“We are strong and believe we have another chance tomorrow to show that we are united and can get back to winning ways.”