(Reuters) – Arsenal full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko laughed at some of his teammates when he said the north London club could win the Premier League title at the start of the season, but the team is now He said he’s starting to believe it’s possible.
Ukraine international Zinchenko joined Arsenal from Manchester City before the season and brought a title-winning pedigree with the reigning champions to four league titles.
Zinchenko’s calm defense and flexible attack have been crucial to Arsenal’s victory. His 3-2 victory over Manchester United on Sunday saw Arsenal top the table, five points behind him from City.
“To be honest, the quality that I saw when I just arrived…Obviously, I knew the Arsenal team. I realized on the pitch that I have everything to achieve that,” Zinchenko told Premier League TV.
“I started talking in the dressing room, ‘Guys, forget about the top three and all. We need to think about the title.’ dreaming
“But we still have a lot of games to play and we see[Manchester]United back. As always, the city is there. There is a need”
Arsenal have not won the league since the ‘Invincibles’ team won the title in 2003-04 under former manager Arsene Wenger.
Mikel Arteta’s side will look to the FA Cup against Zinchenko’s former club in the fourth round at the Etihad Stadium on Friday.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair, Bangalore; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)