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Granit Xhaka backs Arsenal to mount Premier League title challenge

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has talked up his side’s chances of competing for the Premier League title following their blistering start to the 2022-23 campaign.

Having won eight of their nine league matches, Arsenal currently sit top of the pile and Xhaka is backing them to muster a proper challenge as they look to end an 18-year wait for a league crown.

“It’s a really hungry and humble team, believe me – it’s nothing that we have done yet, and there are still a lot of things to improve,” Xhaka told the Daily Mail.

“We just started, and we are really happy with where we are – the table says what it says, and we don’t look at that.

“It can be a special year if we keep going like we are working at the moment – we can get something big.

“Of course [Arsenal can win the title]. We have to believe in ourselves. If not, why are we playing?”

Xhaka also praised defending champions Manchester City for their dominance of English football in recent seasons before doubling down on his side’s chances of pushing Pep Guardiola’s men all the way this time around.

“We need to give credit and respect to Man City and what they did the last couple of years,” the Switzerland international added.

“You need the perfect day to beat them, but I think we are ready to have this fight against them.”

Arsenal face Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday aiming to extend their winning streak across all competitions since September 8 to seven games.

If Mikel Arteta’s men manage to get the job done, the north Londoners would increase their advantage at the summit to four points ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool later today.

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