Nasri - Gunners still contenders

Frenchman insists Arsenal now have 'quality' and 'maturity'

Nasri: Feeling confident

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Samir Nasri remains confident that Arsenal can end their trophy drought and win the Premier League this season.

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The Frenchman's 12 goals in all competitions have been a significant factor behind the Gunners' success in the first half of the season.

But last week's defeat at Manchester United left Arsenal facing the usual accusations of naivety, and captain Cesc Fabregas has voiced his own concerns.

Arsene Wenger's team now trail leaders United by two points and have played an extra match, but, after a weekend of postponed fixtures, Nasri still thinks that he and his team-mates are title contenders.

Confidence

Nasri, who has not won a piece of silverware since joining Arsenal in 2008, said in The Sun: "I think the title is definitely within our reach.

"For a start, United were supposed to play against Chelsea and I couldn't see them winning that.

"I also think their game in hand isn't a foregone conclusion because winning at Blackpool is not easy.

"I really think we have quality and we've got the maturity now that we were lacking before.

"We'll see how we cope with all the matches over Christmas and we will get a clearer idea after that - but I'm full of confidence."