x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Nasri full of confidence

Samir Nasri has warned Chelsea and Liverpool to look over their shoulders after Arsenal demonstrated that they can to challenge for the title this season.

Nicolas Anelka slots home his and Chelsea's second goal during their win at Blackburn Rovers.
Nicolas Anelka slots home his and Chelsea's second goal during their win at Blackburn Rovers.

LONDON // Samir Nasri has warned Chelsea and Liverpool to look over their shoulders after Arsenal demonstrated that they have the quality to challenge for the title this season. The Gunners had been written off as contenders after a surprise loss to Stoke, but Arsene Wenger's men hit back in style as they stunned the champions Manchester United 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Nasri was the difference between the two sides as he scored both goals and he said: "Mentally we proved a point by winning. We know the title can be won by the games against the top four. We have shown we can do it and the most important thing is to keep going. "We are back in it, but we always thought we were involved, even before this game. We know our quality, our strengths and know what we are capable of. We can definitely win the title this season."

The United keeper Edwin Van der Sar said he was not worried that his team had only taken one point from their games against the top three clubs this season. Defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal and a draw against Chelsea have left United eight points behind the leaders at the top of the table. The Dutch keeper said: "I am not concerned about our results against the top teams. We have been unlucky in all three games. We have played all three away now. They all have to come to Old Trafford, so we have to make sure we get maximum points.

"It was a chance to get a psychological blow over one of our rivals. If we had beaten them, or even drawn, we would have kept them below us. Now we have let them back in." sports@thenational.ae