Johan Djourou believes Arsenal have a chance to beat Manchester City to the Premier League title this season.
The Gunners have won their last five league games and are in their best run of form since March 2010.
But their disappointing start to the campaign means that Arsene Wenger's side are still 12 points off City who are in first place.
Djourou has made 11 appearances for the North London club this season and the defender is hoping to topple Roberto Mancini's men at the top of the table.
He told Sky Sports News: "The season is long and hopefully they will drop points. Manchester City are in incredible form at the moment and they look to be the strongest team.
"But, as a player of Arsenal, me and my team-mates know we have the ability to come back.
"I'm not saying we're going to win the title but every game we have, we have to take seriously and game-by-game because we have a chance."
Manager Arsene Wenger this week dismissed speculation regarding him leaving at the end of the 2011/12 season.
There were rumours that the Frenchman's long stay in the Premier League was coming to an end but Wenger confirmed he has no plans to quit.
Djourou has expressed his delight at Wenger's comments and admitted that he feels reassured by the news.
"The manager belongs to this club," added Djourou. "It's his club and I can't see the club without him so it's a relief to be honest."