Granit Xhaka says the Arsenal squad aren’t talking about winning the title yet, but he doesn’t see why they can’t lift the trophy in May.
For the first time in a long time, Arsenal are still seriously in the Premier League title conversation in March, currently sitting five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.
There’s still a long way to go, and the Gunners have to travel away to City later in the season, but the fans are certainly starting to dream of potential silverware in May.
Speaking to the media ahead of this weekend’s game against Bournemouth, Granit Xhaka says the Arsenal squad aren’t talking about that yet. However, he does see the title as a realistic target.
“If I’m honest we didn’t speak about [winning] the title yet,” Xhaka said.
“But if you are so close, why not? I mean, you are five points clear over second place. We know that we have still 13/14 games to play, but why not put the belief in each other and speak about it?
“I’m a big fan of [dreaming] a little bit but this is not a dream, this is something you can really achieve. But we are still thinking step by step, game by game.”
Things can change so quickly in a title race. Less than six hours after this article goes up, Arsenal could have as much as an eight-point lead or as little as a two-point lead over City, totally changing the complexion of the race one way or the other.
Then there’s Manchester United, still just 11 points back with a game in hand. That might seem like a lot, but with more games remaining than points to make up, it’s really not.
All Arsenal can do is keep winning their games for as long as possible and hoping the rest falls into place on its own.
How many league titles have Arsenal won?
Here’s a brief rundown of each of Arsenal’s 13 League title wins:
- 1930-31: Arsenal won their first-ever League title in the 1930-31 season. They finished the season with 66 points, seven ahead of second-placed Aston Villa.
- 1932-33: Arsenal won their second League title in the 1932-33 season. They finished the season with 58 points, five ahead of second-placed Everton.
- 1933-34: Arsenal won their third League title in the 1933-34 season. They finished the season with 59 points, seven ahead of second-placed Huddersfield Town.
- 1934-35: Arsenal won their fourth League title in the 1934-35 season. They finished the season with 60 points, three ahead of second-placed Sunderland.
- 1937-38: Arsenal won their fifth League title in the 1937-38 season. They finished the season with 52 points, four ahead of second-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.
- 1947-48: Arsenal won their sixth League title in the 1947-48 season. They finished the season with 59 points, seven ahead of second-placed Manchester United.
- 1952-53: Arsenal won their seventh League title in the 1952-53 season. They finished the season with 52 points, six ahead of second-placed Preston North End.
- 1970-71: Arsenal won their eighth League title in the 1970-71 season. They finished the season with 62 points, one ahead of second-placed Leeds United.
- 1988-89: Arsenal won their ninth League title in the 1988-89 season. They finished the season with 76 points, two ahead of second-placed Liverpool.
- 1990-91: Arsenal won their tenth League title in the 1990-91 season. They finished the season with 83 points, seven ahead of second-placed Liverpool.
- 1997-98: Arsenal won their eleventh League title in the 1997-98 season. They finished the season with 78 points, one ahead of second-placed Manchester United.
- 2001-02: Arsenal won their twelfth League title in the 2001-02 season. They finished the season with 87 points, seven ahead of second-placed Liverpool.
- 2003-04: Arsenal won their thirteenth and most recent League title in the 2003-04 season, in which they famously went unbeaten throughout the entire league campaign, earning them the nickname “The Invincibles”. They finished the season with 90 points, 11 ahead of second-placed Chelsea.