Clichy targets United streak
Gael Clichy is adamant that despite not being invincible, Arsenal can win the title this season.
Last Updated: 05/02/11 11:58am
Gael Clichy is adamant that despite not being invincible, Arsenal can win the title and break Manchester United's unbeaten streak this season.
Clichy is the only remaining member of the legendary 2003/04 unbeaten Gunners team, playing the memorable season at the tender age of 18.
Now a fully-established 25-year-old, the Frenchman believes that his current Arsenal team are well placed to return the Premier League title to North London.
The major obstacle for Arsene Wenger's men is a Manchester United side who sit five points clear at the summit, having put together a 24-game unbeaten run of their own this term.
The Arsenal full-back admits that while Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be tough opposition, a late April clash between the two sides at the Emirates could prove decisive.
"It would be great for them but this team at Arsenal was very special when we did it," Clichy told the Daily Telegraph.
"I think it will take a lot for anyone else to achieve this and, remember, we still have a game to go at home against Manchester United."
"It will be more than a pleasure to break their record."
Clichy has witnessed a changing of the guard in recent years under Arsene Wenger.
The likes of Patrick Viera, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry have been replaced with a new generation, along with the introduction of the Emirates Stadium.
The left-back believes that the Arsenal of 2011 have the best chance yet of bringing glory back to a trophy-starved club.
"All the ingredients are here. Good manager, great fans, great stadium, very good players," he added.
"We have the talent and the quality in the squad. The spirit is there, the character is there and we are not soft any more. We are not young any more. We can play hard.
"We are still in all the competitions. Everything is there for us to do something this season.
"Arsenal is a big club, and at a big club you can't afford to be five seasons without any trophies. A big club needs trophies."
Arsenal have yet to bring silverware to the Emirates Stadium, but with the Gunners still fighting on all fronts, and with a Carling Cup final clash against Birmingham looming, Clichy believes the wait is nearly over.
The French international believes that winning a trophy could well be the start of a flood of honours for the Gunners.
"The pressure would not be here any more for people to say Arsenal haven't won," he said.
"Sport is a funny thing. It is all about confidence. I believe that when we win a trophy, just as when you win any game, it helps for the next challenge.
"It can inspire the team. This cup is there for us to take."