Premier League: Kieran Gibbs wants Arsenal to make title statement at Liverpool
Kieran Gibbs believes Arsenal have a chance to make a 'big statement' by winning away to Liverpool this weekend.
Last Updated: 08/02/14 9:35pm
The Gunners are two points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of their trip to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, which kicks off a run of four games in 11 days which could define their season.
There is a league clash with Manchester United next week, followed by an FA Cup tie at home to Liverpool and the first leg of their UEFA Champions League meeting against Bayern Munich.
Gibbs accepts that the pressure is on but he insists Arsenal can rise to the challenge and is taking confidence from a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at the Emirates in November.
"I think it would make a big statement if we won there - just like it did when we played Liverpool at home," said the left-back.
"Before that game, we had not played any big games and although we were sitting at the top of the league, people were saying, 'There's a big game coming now, that will put it into perspective.'
"It will be like that again because we have got a lot of big games coming up, so it will be another test. As the weeks go on, we are just going to be put under a bigger and bigger test.
"It is not often you get to play Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, twice, in less than two weeks. So it will be great to be a part of it - playing against the best teams in the world.
"Everyone enjoys the big games and this is just another big game to show what we can go and do."
Manchester City and Chelsea are seen as the two favourites in the title race despite currently being two points behind, but Gibbs is adamant that Arsenal can last the distance.
"There are 14 games left and when you get to this stage it is about being consistent and whoever can perform the best will obviously win the trophy," he said.
"It is February and we are top of the league so you have to have some kind of confidence to think you can win the league. That is the way we want to look at it.
"We have stayed top of the league for a significant part of the season and we are enjoying being top of the league. We are enjoying playing together and that is the most important thing as well.
"I think it is one of the most exciting Premier Leagues that there has been for years and you have to enjoy that and relish it.
"As you saw on Monday night, the tactics were used like that. Chelsea were not so much under pressure as Manchester City because they were not the big spenders.
"Going in as the underdogs takes the pressure off, but we are not looking at the odds of winning the Premier League. We just want to win the Premier League."