Cech: I joined Arsenal confident winning Premier League


Arsene Wenger insists that the title race in the 2015/16 season has been the best in several years with many teams in with a chance to win the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger is adamant his Arsenal players have the required characteristics to remain top of the Barclays Premier League table and claim the title.

He arguably saved his best display of the season for Monday (Tuesday Manila time), scoring one goal and setting up another in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth that has lifted Arsenal - maybe only briefly - into first place.

We are mature enough and we have the requested quality to fight and compete. Injured twice last season, the Frenchman, who joined for £12m returned very much out of form, and only played once at the end of last season, in the FA Cup semi-final against Reading.

Arsenal FC has last won the league in the 2003-04 season but has since endured a hard period as the club rebuilt itself, having lost the competitive edge due to funds being redirected towards the building of the Emirates Stadium.

"Also, you look at the impact he can have on other players and I consider the rotation is sensitive more in the centre of the team than on the flanks - in the heart of the team, it's more risky".

The Arsenal boss has confirmed that Saturday will be too soon for Alexis Sanchez, who continues to recover from the injury picked up at Carrow Road towards the end of November.

Wenger is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying, "It's not impossible (that he leaves)".

"I think he plays in a position that suits him well", Wenger said of Ozil in a news conference on Wednesday. He wants to play more, of course.

The French tactician added that he believes Ozil is also benefiting from now playing in a position that suits his game, while his teammates and the style of play in which Arsenal operate also allow him to make the most of his natural abilities.

And the emergence of 21-year-old Matt Macey and the proposed return of Wojciech Szczesny means that Ospina is likely to see even less action in 2016.

While Arsenal has enjoyed the strong 2015, Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is eager for the club to move on from a chaotic year on Tyneside.

Sunday: Crystal Palace v Chelsea (3:30pm); Everton v Tottenham (6pm).