Laurent Koscielny insists Arsenal are still title contenders, despite their very slow start.

Only two fixtures of the 2016/17 Premier League have been played, but Arsenal are already five points below top spot.

The Gunners lost their opening game at home against Liverpool and only managed to get a goalless draw at Leicester City on Saturday evening. Nonetheless, Koscielny believes his team cannot be ruled out as title contenders.

“Always. We are Arsenal – we fight for the title. Every game we play we want to win the game,” the defender said, as reported by the Daily Star, when asked if the Gunners are still in race for silverware.

“This season will be very difficult because of the top clubs spending a lot of money on transfers, it’s unbelievable.


“But sometimes the collective can be better than individual players. So we want to keep our philosophy and play football.”

Arsenal are also among the teams that have spent significant money to bring in new players, however.

At the end of May, they confirmed a deal with Borussia Monchengladbach to sign Granit Xhaka, for a reported fee of £34m (via Sky Sports).

This is the fourth most expensive signing a Premier League club has made this summer, behind Paul Pogba, John Stones and Leroy Sane.

What Koscielny could have mentioned is that Arsenal’s calendar is tougher than their main title rivals. They started against Europa League finalists Liverpool, and this was followed up by a visit to the champions of England.

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Culled from Squawka