Date: 19th January 2010 at 9:55am
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The sense of belief that has materialised around Arsenal Football Club over the past few weeks is palpable, with players and fans alike suddenly coming to the realisation that, despite the crippling injuries we’ve suffered, we’re still actually in with a shot of winning the title.

As a species, the football fan is generally over-optimistic, believing that all is possible when it sometimes clearly isn’t (see Spurs fans for reference), but we Gooners have suffered so many set backs and situations where we’ve appeared to have ‘bottled it’ that we’ve become a pessimistic bunch by nature, but we’re just now starting to believe again.

Central to Wenger’s push for the title is one Cesc Fabregas, midfield magician, leader of the club, talker of sense, and now, grounder of feet.

Whilst we’re all getting pant wettingly excited at the thought of getting our trophy back, Fabregas, rather sensibly is thinking about the next game, and nothing more, refusing to get ahead of himself. And with a run of Villa, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool coming up after the Bolton game this Wednesday, you’d have to say he’s right.

‘I’m sure other teams will think the same as us, that they can win the league, but there will be no team that wants it more, that’s for sure,’ said Fabregas.

‘Let’s not get carried away. There are many, many games where you can lose or win points. So we have to go game by game, that is what we have done until now and we must carry on like that, then we will see what happens at the end.’

It seems like such a long time since we were in a position to really challenge for the title that it’s difficult not to get excited, but the players have to remain focused and the fans have to stay behind the team.

But if we can come away from that important four match run with nine points ….. then I’m going to really struggle to heed Cesc’s words