Manuel Almunia believes Arsenal are only a 'little step' away from reclaiming top spot in the Premier League table.
The Gunners briefly moved to the summit last month, but are now in danger of falling away in the title race after losing 3-1 at home to Manchester United on Sunday.
Arsenal travel to Chelsea this weekend and a further defeat would leave Arsene Wenger's side trailing the current leaders by nine points.
But, having already been written off once as title contenders this season, Almunia feels Arsenal are still capable of finishing the campaign as champions.
The 3-0 home mauling by Chelsea in late November preceded a 10-match unbeaten run and Spanish keeper Almunia believes the Gunners can embark on a similar sequence again.
"We are on schedule to do good things this season, we have only a little step to get back to the top of the league," said Almunia.
"When you think about where we were after the Chelsea game [in November], that is a great achievement.
"Sometimes it is better to come back from third or fourth to challenge than to be at the top all the time."