Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Sep 2020 10:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Arsenal ‘believe’ they can win the Premier League title (Picture: Canal+)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has talked up Arsenal’s title chances and says the club are aiming to be a ‘nuisance’ for Liverpool this evening and throughout the Premier League campaign. Third-placed Arsenal sit above Liverpool on goal difference ahead of their trip to Anfield and will no doubt be buoyed after three wins on the trot in all competitions. But it’s been eight years since the Gunners last tasted victory at the stadium and current manager Mikel Arteta was on the winning team that day. The Arsenal forward is yet to score against Liverpool in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang scored a sublime early goal as Arsenal beat Liverpool to lift the Community Shield last month but the Gabon international is yet to find the net against Jurgen Klopp’s side in the English top flight.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, the striker appears unfazed despite this not-so-flattering record and insists Arsenal’s squad are full of belief that they can beat the champions and end their long wait for the title this season.‘It would be impressive,’ Aubameyang told Canal+ when asked whether Arsenal can win the title this term.‘Our aim is to be a nuisance for Liverpool (tonight) and all season. ‘We believe we can [win the title].’ Comment Aubameyang is yet to score against Liverpool in the top flight (Picture: Getty)Elsewhere in the interview, Aubameyang confirmed that he had turned down an offer to join Barcelona before putting pen to paper on a new contract at the Emirates.The Arsenal captain said: ‘There were several offers, notably from Barca, but also other clubs.‘My priority was to stay for two reasons: the first is the coach, Mikel Arteta, because we spoke a fair amount during the lockdown, as they say here, we were at home and spoke several times and he convinced me, notably in terms of the project.‘Of course, secondly, is the love that I receive from the fans and people at the club. ‘Since I have been here I have been treated like one of their own, and as I am one of their own, I am going to stay here, it is as simple as that.’Can Arsenal realistically win the title this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Darren Bent urges Arsenal to sign Dele Alli from TottenhamMORE: Granit Xhaka delivers verdict on Arsenal’s transfer deals for Willian and Gabriel Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang assesses Arsenal’s title chances ahead of Liverpool clash
Claudio Ranieri believes Leicester’s title rivals are yet to take their challenge seriously. Jamie Vardy – who has fully recovered from a groin operation – is the division’s joint 15-goal top scorer while Riyad Mahrez has netted 14 times with the duo leading the Foxes’ charge. “I think slowly, slowly they believe they can do something special. It’s not easy of course, but it is important to try. Sometimes you need a bit of luck,” said the Italian. “When we drew against United and City my players weren’t happy. They were as if we had lost the match. That was fantastic because they wanted to win. “Now it’s fantastic and now our fans are dreaming. They must continue to dream and we must continue to work hard.” The Foxes are second, behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference, having emerged as shock contenders for the Barclays Premier League crown. Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Tottenham further proved their credentials and they go to rock bottom Aston Villa on Saturday. Press Association Leicester are three points ahead of Manchester City and seven clear of Spurs but Ranieri feels their chances are still being dismissed. “It’s easy to say ‘yes, Leicester can fight for the title’ but of course I think they don’t believe,” said the 64-year-old, who has been nominated for December’s Manager of the Month award. “Everybody says ‘sooner or later they will slow down’ “They say Arsenal, Tottenham, United, City, Chelsea, who are used to fighting for the title, say ‘Leicester are there, but can they arrive at the end and fight?’ “Nobody knows and we don’t have the pedigree to say ‘yes, Leicester is there’ so far. “But we want to have them say ‘yes, now, Leicester are fighting for the top four’. “I’m not happy or unhappy. I don’t think about the other teams. I think only about Leicester. That is my focus.” Ranieri has played down Leicester’s chances of the title in the past but said his squad are starting to believe they can stun the league.